The Academic activities of the Bayelsa owned Africa University located at Toru Orua in Sagbama Local Government area of Bayelsa was disrupted by students in protest against illegal arrest of Eleven students of the institution by police over involvement in allege cultism activities.

The protesting students, who were made up of 300 and 400 levels students, denies the allegation of cultism, insisting that the arrested students are innocent and were arrested while having a social time at a place known as “sand Beach”

NAIJA LIVE TV gathered that while the students claimed the arrested students were innocent, the men of the Toru Orua Police Post states that the students were arrested based on the complaint files by a traditional Ruler who saw their gathering as resembling cult initiation activities.

A student, who pleaded anonymity, told NAIJA LIVE TV that though the “sand beach” is known as a relaxation spot for student of the institution and has been declared a “no go area” by the community, “the students should have been told to leave the spot rather than claiming they were cultists.”

However, the protest that started on Tuesday following the arrest of the Eleven students have been resolved on Wednesday after the unconditional release of the students on the order of the State Police Commissioner, Ben Okolo.


Contacted on the development, the Spokesman of the State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the arrest of the students, however confirmed they have been released, “the issue has been resolved and the students released by the police.”

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