Suspected cultists arrested at Ondo Polytechnic
Some students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo [RUGIPO] in Ondo State, suspected to be members of cult group were on Friday arrested by men of the State Anti-Robbery Squad following an attack on the institution and its environs by the hoodlums.
Numbering about eight, the cultists were apprehended at their hiding places following an intelligence report giving to the security operatives.
Eyewitnesses said the cult members, armed with different kinds of sophisticated weapons attempted to enter the main campus of the Polytechnic which is opposite Ikare-Owo-Akure expressway, but were prevented by the institution’s security officials.
Following this, the hoodlums took over the Express road and started shooting sporadically into the main campus.
Though, no one was killed, motorists and passers-by plying the route quickly took another path in order to avoid stray bullets.
The incident, it was gathered created panic among the students as majority of them, were already through with their first semester examination and had taken their luggage and travelled to their various homes.
But, one of the Polytechnic students’ leaders, who preferred anonymity, said the cultists invaded the institution in search of one student who belonged to another group.
He said the bandits had earlier invaded one of the off campus hotels of the polytechnic called “Igbo lodu”, where majority of the students were living before moving to the institution’s gate.
His words, “I think they are in search of another cult member, who belong to another confraternity because according to students living around that area, called Igbo lodu, the faces of those hoodlums were very strange and they were walking freely in the afternoon.
“And you know if those miscreants want to carry out their operation in the afternoon, they will employ other members of the group from another institution to operate in their institution so that their own faces will not be seen.
” They were marching like soldiers, creating fear in the minds of the students. As at now, no students want to sleep in that area. But we will like to commend the management of the Polytechnic, led by the Rector, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun for its immediate response, by alerting the security operatives, who had assisted in returning normalcy to the institution”.
The State Public Relations Officer, Mr. Wole Ogodo confirmed the arrest, saying investigation were ongoing in order to know if those arrested were truly cultists.
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