University student beaten to death by colleagues over alleged phone theft

An unidentified male student at Ajayi Crowther University in Oyo State was tragically attacked and killed by a group of fellow students inside the Shepherd Inn hostel on campus.

The victim was accused of stealing a mobile phone and was reportedly beaten and had his hair forcibly shaved by the assailants.

According to a source within the school, the assault began at 6pm on Friday and lasted until 10am on Saturday.

“They said they caught him with a stolen phone. They started beating him from 6pm yesterday (Friday) until he died at about 10am today (Saturday).

Disturbing videos captured the brutal attack, with students seen beating the victim with sticks while others encouraged the violence.

“The incident happened at ‘Shepherd Inn’. It’s like a lodge or a hostel now. They also shaved the hair of the guy before beating him,” he said.

Meanwhile, the varsity management confirmed the incident in a statement credited to the spokesperson, Femi Atoyebi, published by the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.

The statement said the students suspected of having taken part in the alleged crime had been expelled and handed over to the police for prosecution.

Atoyebi 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-societal vices and misconduct.

“It is important to stress that the expelled students do not belong to any cult group.”

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