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Varsity student beaten to death over phone theft allegation

A student of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State, has been beaten to death by some of his colleagues for allegedly stealing a mobile phone belonging to one of them.

A source within the institution on Saturday said that the student, simply identified as Alex, started beating their colleague at around 10 p.m. on Friday after discovering that he was the one who stole the phone.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the university, said that aside from stealing the phone, the accused was also said to have transferred a certain amount from the phone to another account.

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Some short video clips showed a male student beating his colleague who was seen rolling on the floor with a cane, while another was heard shouting ‘harder, harder.’ indicating that he should beat him more.

The source said that the students were enraged by the stealing of the phone and the transfer of the money from the account of the owner.

The source further stated that the deceased was thrown out of the hostel on Friday evening, where he was discovered to have died early on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the school authorities have announced the expulsion of the students said to have been involved in what they called the ‘fight that led to the death of a fellow student.’

The institution, in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Femi Atoyebi, on Saturday, however, denied the reports making the rounds that the involved in the killing were members of a secret cult.

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He said, “Contrary to what is trending, the university affirms that there is no cultism in the institution, just as the university has zero tolerance for any sort of anti-social vices and misconduct. It is important to stress that the expelled students do not belong to any cult group.’’

Mr Atoyebi said what happened was that the deceased was alleged to have stolen a mobile telephone.

He, however, said that instead of reporting the matter to the university management, the expelled students could not control their emotions, adding that their actions led to the unfortunate death of the student.

The spokesperson said that the institution handled the matter swiftly by handing the students over to the police for investigation, assuring that justice would be served.

“The university remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring a safe, conducive, peaceful, and godly atmosphere for learning,” he said.



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