The management of the University of Abuja has suspended the election of its Student Union Government (SUG), following attacks by cultists.

SaharaReporters obtained a circular signed by the Dean of Student Affairs, Alanana Otaki, which noted that the suspension of the election was "till further notice".

“The University of Abuja management in its emergency meeting held on August 30, 2018 reviewed the security situation in and around the students’ hostels in the mini campus Gwagwalada and directed that the 2018 Student Union Government (SUG) election be suspended till further notice.

"The suspension of the election activities is as a result of the security challenges within the university and its environs. The university management is assiduously working round the clock to restore normalcy in the overall interest of the students and the entireuniversity community," the circular read.

The school management also stated in the circular that the ban on the election would be lifted, "as soon as normalcy is restored".

A 300 level female student of the school, who preferred not to be named, told SaharaReporters that "there have been perpetual cases of the cultists' violence in the school".

Speaking on the suspension of the SUG election, the Dean of Students Affairs affirmed that the management of the university is aware of the attacks by identified cultists. He also added that the university had taken necessary steps to ensure that such occurrences are prevented in the future.

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