From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Bingham University, located in the Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State has disassociated itself from an alleged murder case involving three of its suspended students.
The Voice reports that the Police Command in Abuja had arrested the trio for allegedly killing one Obasi Okeke, a Bolt taxi driver, during a dispute over the cost of their transportation to a specific location in Abuja.
A statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs of the university, Mr Daburi Misal and made available to The Voice in Lafia on Tuesday, said the students were suspended over drug abuse before their subsequent arrest by the police.
According to him, it became necessary for the institution to clear the air following the arrest of the trio for the alleged murder of the driver.
Misal explained that the affected students were in March 2023 identified through the university’s zero tolerance policy on drugs and got suspended from the university for being in possession of Marijuana and other illicit substances.
He further stated that as part of the university policy, the students were expected to have been taken to a rehabilitation centre by their parents/ guardians and taken back to the university only after the certification by the university’s psychiatrist.
“It was therefore shocking to see that the students who were supposed to be in rehabilitation were paraded by the police in Abuja. While the university maintains zero tolerance for vices; the responsibility of bringing up children is a shared responsibility.
“The university will however continue to do its best to put them on the right path. The management pledged its full cooperation with the police in their investigation in the matter while expressing its deepest sympathy to the family of the deceased.
“The university hereby reiterates its commitment to producing young men and women who will continue to serve as agents of positive change and transformation of our nation as evident by the attestations received on our graduates from numerous employers both home and abroad,” he said.