Suspected members of a notorious female cult in the Bayelsa State owned Niger Delta University, Ammassoma, on Saturday attacked a 17-year-old student over her refusal to join the group. The suspected cult members, who were reportedly led by a final year student of the Education Department of the institution, Annabel, attacked their victim within the Hostel F and injected her with a strange substance after subjecting her to severe beating and torture. The victim of the attack, is said to be the daughter of a lecturer in the school and a student of the Economics Department.
However, some student sources gave different versions as to the cause of the attack when our correspondent visited the school. While some students claimed the attack on the victim was due to domestic squabbles among room mates, others claimed the victim ran into trouble with the suspected cultists due to her strict Christian ways. They said her faith made her to refuse to accept advances to belong to the notorious cult group involved in lesbianism and other vices on campus.
A friend of the victim, who identified herself simply as Claire, said the victim was attacked at about 4am in her room. She said, “She was tied to a chair and severely beaten by four girls. Her hair attachment was forcibly removed and she was injected with a substance that made her behave in a crazy manner for days.When the attackers saw that the girl had fainted,they brought her out of the room in the early hours of morning and they were apprehended.”
It was learnt that the investigation into the incident was reported to the Students’ Senate Disciplinary Committee and the outcome of the investigation will be made known to the institution authorities this week.
It was learnt that initial attempts were allegedly made by some Hostel F executive committee and friends of the attackers to bribe the victim with N50,000 to settle her hospital bill and buy her silence over the incident.
When contacted on the development,the Public Relations Officer of the Institution, Domo Alagoa, denied knowledge of the involvement of suspected female cultists in the attack.