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Initiation Goes Wrong, SUG President Apprehended

Written by Abigael Ibikunle

The President of the Students Union Government (SUG) of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Adegboye Olatunji, has been apprehended for alleged cult activities.

In a clip of the arrest, which went viral on social media, Olatunji and one Olanrewaju Taiwo were taken away by vigilantes and the police.

A group of residents, who hailed the arrests in the video, employed the security agencies to question the student leader for the identities of other members of the cult.

“He has his ID card on him. If they interrogate him well, he will disclose where the others are,” a man revealed in Yoruba.

According to source, Olatunji, a Higher National Diploma II, student of Banking and Finance, was elected the Union’s President in December 2019.

It was discovered that the students’ parliament impeached him on Monday after the news of his apprehension broke on the Internet.

“He was replaced by Oyelusi Damilare. He was not the winner of the election actually, but the school authority thought he had a cool and gentle face and that was why they made him the president.

“His other members are suspecting the guy that came second in the election. There was a serious fight between two cult groups at Orita last night (Sunday),” a Twitter user, who was identified as Bisi, stated.

The Ogun police said the student leader and Taiwo were arrested on Sunday during initiation rites. And the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement, noted that the suspects were caught in the bush in the regalia of the Black Axe cult.

He informed that the suspects had been taken into custody.

“The duo were arrested following information received by the police at the Ilaro division from members of the public. That a group of people suspected to be cultists were sighted in a bush at Gbogidi area of Ilaro. Where they were trying to initiate new members into their dreaded group.

“On receiving the information, the DPO Ilaro division, CSP Olayemi Jacob, mobilised his patrol team and swiftly moved to the scene. Where the two suspects were arrested with the assistance of members of the public, while others escaped through the bush.

“The two arrested cultists, who were in full regalia of the dreaded Black Axe cult, were taken into custody at the Ilaro divisional headquarters. Where they are being currently interrogated.” Oyeyemi stated.

 

The PPRO said the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, had ordered the transfer of the suspects. To the Anti-Cultism Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

The polytechnic, in a statement by its Deputy Registrar and Head of Public Relations, Sola Abiala, said Olatunji had been suspended.

“This is consequent upon the foiling of the meeting of some cult groups from the neighbouring community by the security architecture. And network of the polytechnic, the local vigilante group in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services,

“The suspension of Mr. Olatunji is in line with the act establishing the polytechnic. And the provisions of the students handbook, coupled with the polytechnic’s zero tolerance for cultism, pending his appearance before the students disciplinary committee to establish his culpability or otherwise,” he informed.

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Abigael Ibikunle

Associate Correspondent at Edugist, Abigael Ibikunle is a Mathematics Education graduate. A professional Journalist and a passionate writer. She can be reached via: abigail@edugist.org/+2347035835612

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