Fresh panic, yesterday, gripped Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Bayelsa State, following the killing of a final year engineering student of the institution by persons suspected to be cultists.
The state government, has meanwhile, tasked security agencies to fish out the perpetrators.
The student, aged 24, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, was reportedly found in the morning lying in the pool of his blood outside the gate of the campus with deep cuts inflicted on his face.
He was said to have been attacked with an axe Tuesday night.
The corpse of the deceased student was abandoned outside the campus till noon, yesterday, before it was evacuated by the police and deposited at an undisclosed morgue.
Sources from the university community said the development had led to the reinforcement of security around the institution, as the students and workers now live in fear.
A student who pleaded anonymity, said: “This has been happening around this town. Sometimes students are stabbed and killed. We live in fear and we want security operatives to help us. Only recently, a student was chased into the river by some cultists. He later drowned and his body has not been found.”
The university town had come under siege lately from violent gangs suspected to be ritual killers and cultists.