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Men of the Ogun state Police command have arrested the Students Union President, of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Com. Adegboye Olatunji and one other Olarewaju Taiwo for cult related activities.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi made this known in a statement on Monday.
Oyeyemi said, the duo were arrested on Sunday following an information received by the police at Ilaro division that some 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.
He added that, while the police arrested the Union President and his colleague, other suspects escaped through the bush.
Oyeyemi explained further that the student’s leader an his colleague were arrested with full regalia of the dreaded black axe cult group.
He noted that the suspects have been taken to the police custody at Ilaro divisional headquarters where they are being currently interrogated.
“The duo were arrested following an information received by police at Ilaro division from members of the public that some 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 mobilized 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 are in full regalia of the dreaded black axe cult group have been taken to custody at Ilaro divisional headquarters where they are being currently interrogated.
“Meanwhile, the commissioner of police CP Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to anti cultists section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.”
Meanwhile, Management of the Institution through a statement issued by the Deputy Registrar of the Public Relation Unit, Sola Abiala suspended the Polytechnic Student Union President.
Abiala said, “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 Nigerian Police Force and the Directorate of State Security.
“The suspension of Mr. Adegboye is in line with the act establishing the Polytechnic and the provision of the Students Handbook coupled with the Polytechnic’s zero tolerance to cultism, pending his appearance before the Students Disciplinary Committee to establish his culpability or otherwise.
“The Management therefore use this medium to re-emphasize its zero tolerance for cultism and other misdemeanors”.