Suspected cultists on Saturday night beheaded two undergraduates of the Abia State University, Uturu, and thereafter used their heads as goalposts.
Our correspondent learnt that their roommate sustained severe injuries from machete cuts by the hoodlums.
The deceased identified as Ebuka Nwaigbo, a 300 level student of the Department of Estate Management, and Samuel Ethelbert, 300 level student of the Department of Political Science, were until their death living at Chi-Doo Lodge along the Uturu-Afikpo road.
Investigations by our correspondent revealed that their killers were members of a rival cult group on a revenge mission for one of their members killed last month.
A source, who craved anonymity, said the cult groups – Burkinafaso and Mafia – had engaged each other in a battle of supremacy for years in the university.
He said, “Last month, one Collins Agwu, a member of Burkinafaso, was gunned down by the Mafia.
“His colleagues (Burkinafaso) decided to retaliate by killing members of the Mafia.
“That night they came to the lodge on four motorbikes carrying four persons each and they forced themselves in when one of the students living there came out to buy Indomie Noodles.
“They beheaded their targets while the third person, their visitor, was seriously wounded.
“After killing them they carried their heads and bodies in a sack bag and took it to a playground where they (cult boys) normally play football near the school gate and mounted their heads as goalposts.”
When our correspondent visited the university community, top officers of the school were said to be having a crucial meeting.
Spokesman for the institution Acho Elendu said the school would make comments after the meeting.
Meanwhile, there has been a heavy police presence at the school since the incident occurred.
The Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, Ezekiel Onyeke Udeviotu, who confirmed the development, said the state Commissioner of Police Joshiak Habilah had ordered the Criminal Investigation Department to commence investigation into the murder of the students.
He said, “We are willing to invite any member of the public with any useful information that could lead to the arrest of criminals to our office if such a person is afraid of giving the information to police officers.”