By Kabiru Adejumo
Management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, on Wednesday, announced suspension of six students of the institution, for alleged involvement in cultism.
According to a release by the Registrar of the university, Mrs Magaret Omosule, which was made available to journalists, the students were said to have confirmed their membership of a secret cult in the course of police investigation.
The affected 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 and Davis Jesulayomi Olakunle, Matriculation number EGL / 2014 /207.
The statement reads, “It will be recalled that on Monday, 2nd July, 2018, an information was received by the University Management that two students of the institution, against their will, were forcefully initiated into cultism outside the University campus.
“Promptly, the security Unit of the University swung into action and, after a thorough preliminary investigation, 12 students of the University were apprehended and handed over to the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police to assist with further professional investigation.
“After the investigation, therefore, the University, on 20th August, 2018, received a detailed report of the Police findings, where it was confirmed that six students of the University had admitted their membership of proscribed groups, thus breaching their Matriculation Oath, Code of Conduct and other pertinent University regulations.
“Accordingly, and in accordance with the relevant statutes, the affected students have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation by the appropriate Students’ Disciplinary Committee.
“Management hereby uses this medium to assure the University Community and all other stakeholders, most especially the student 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 intention. However, members of the University Community are advised to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activities which could undermine the peaceful coexistence of members of the University Community”.