Vice-Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Prof. Timothy Adebayo, says adequate measures have been taken to forestall a re-occurrence of the recent killing of a student of the institution.

Adebayo stated this while addressing a news conference on Monday in Oyo.

He said that the university had declared a three-day mourning over the death of the student.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a 200-level Mechanical Engineering of the institution had, on Friday evening, been beaten to death by some of his colleagues.

The beating was said to have been occasioned by alleged stealing of a phone belonging to one of them.

The vice-chancellor, who described the incident as ‘ugly’, said that lessons had been learnt, promising that nothing of such would ever be allowed to happen again in the university.

Adebayo said he wept bitterly on learning about the incident, adding that the university had zero tolerance for cultism and bullying.

“The university has declared a three-day mourning to be observed by all students as well as fasting and prayers for management, staff, board of trustees and representative of the church overseeing the school from Wednesday to Sunday,” he said.

The vice-chancellor said that a total of 20 students were arrested and handed over to the police.

He, however, added that after preliminary investigations, only 12 were detained and taken to the police headquarters in Ibadan, along with the porter who was supposed to be on duty that day.

“The deceased student, Akpo Alex a 200 level Mechanical Engineering student and about 22 years old, was alleged to have stolen a phone and transferred some amount from it to sport betting.

“But the school has learnt from this incident and has beefed up security and monitoring, while encouraging students to report whatever is happening around them to the vice-chancellor and other management staff,” he said.