Fear in Mapoly as cultists kill Four

Palpable fear has gripped the students of the
Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State
as two suspected cult groups went on the rampage
in the last one week, killing four persons.
The killings took place at different points in Oluwo
and Adigbe areas of the Obafemi Owode Local
Government Area, largely populated by students of
MAPOLY.
The four persons killed were said to be students of
the institution, causing other students to flee their
hostels following the mop up of suspected cultists
in the areas by the police.
Our correspondent gathered the killings were fallout
of a supremacy battle which broke out two weeks
ago between suspected members of the Eiye and
Buccaneer confraternities.
It was further gathered that one Muraina Ibrahim,
popularly called Elebe of ND II, Computer
Engineering Department, was killed last Wednesday
along the popular SAP route, while another ND II
student of Mass Communication Department,
identified simply as Demola, was killed last
Saturday on MacJob Street, in the Fowobi area of
Abeokuta.
Identities of the two other deceased had yet to be
ascertained as of the time of filing this report, but
one of them was reportedly killed at the Mango area
of Oluwo on Saturday, while the other was killed at
Iyana Oloke.
The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr.
Sulaiman Adebiyi, said he heard that two people
were killed, “but it has not been ascertained if they
were students of MAPOLY.”
He said eight students of the institution had been
arrested by the police over the killings, adding that
the arrests were arbitrary.
It was gathered that the hostel where one of the
victims, Demola, resided during the last semester,
Power House, had been under lock and key for
days.
One of the students leaders who spoke with our
correspondent, Adegbola Ifeoluwa, also described
the arrests as ‘indiscriminate.’
Ifeoluwa said, “The police started raiding on
Saturday, some were arrested at Q Bar in Adigbe,
while others were arrested along the streets and
bus stops.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State
Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, said nine students were
being held in connection with the killings.
He explained that the residents had been facing
security challenges in the Onikolobo and some
other areas of the state, adding that the students
should not abuse their status to get involved in
cultism and attack police officers.
He said, “We have been facing security challenges
in Onikolobo for some days because of cult clashes
in the area and we will not fold our arms and allow
the breakdown down of law and order.
“We will continue what we have to do within the
ambit of the law and any cult member found will be
dealt with.
If the students feel the police are not doing the right
thing, they should follow due process and not take
the law into their own hands.
“We have our targets, we know who we are looking
for, we know the black spots and we will fish out
the cultists. Any student wrongly arrested will be
released after being questioned.”
He said those found guilty would soon be paraded
by the State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali.

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