By Sodiq Lawal
The Management of Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU) Ile Ife, has suspended six students for belonging to a secret cult.
The suspension of the students came over forty days after the university management was informed that the students were being forced to join a cult group against their will.
However, after a thorough investigation, 12 students of the University were apprehended and handed over to the Osun State police command for further investigation.
The Public Relation Officer of the university, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju in a statement signed by the University Registrar, Mrs Magaret Omosule said the students breached their Matriculation Oath, Code of Conduct and other pertinent University regulations.
The students are: Onyekwusi Praise Chinemerem, Matriculation number ASE / 2014/218, Ojo Abiodun Olamide, Matriculation number MCB /2012 /149, Ude John, Matriculation number ASE /2015 /362, Oladoye Tobi Olakunmi , Matriculation number EGL /2014/ 383, Ayeyi Damilola Ayomide , Matriculation number EGL /2016 /075, Davos Jesulayomi Olakunle, Matriculation number EGL / 2014 /207.
According to the statement, “After the investigation of the suspected students by the Nigeria Police, the University, today, 20th of August, received a detailed report of the Police findings where it was confirmed that six of the University students had admitted their membership of proscribed groups, thus breaching their Matriculation Oath, Code of Conduct and other pertinent University regulations.
“In view of the University zero tolerance for cultism, and in accordance with the relevant statutes, the following students have been suspended pending the outcome of investigations by the appropriate authority.
”Management hereby uses this medium to assure the University Community and all other stakeholders, most especially the students populace that adequate measures have been put in place to secure lives and property and ensure a peaceful environment for all residents on the University estate.
“As it is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders to protect the University from persons with criminal intentions, members of the University Community are advised to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activities which may undermine the peaceful coexistence of members of the University Community.”