Adegboye Olatunji, the Students’ Union President of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, has said he was charmed by cultists and taken to the bush where he was arrested.
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He told journalists while being paraded along with other suspects at the Police headquarters in Eleweran that he was set up. He debunked claims by Kenneth Ebrimson, the state Commissioner of Police, that he confessed being a cultist.
He explained that he had been on his way to church before he was hypnotised and dragged into the bush for initiation.
“I don’t know how I got into the bush. I was charmed, I don’t know how it happened.
“I was going to the church around 7 am on Sunday, I left the school’s hostel. When I was leaving, I greeted the security man and told him that I will be back probably at 3 pm, that my brother called me to come for the service and I want to rush there.
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“I sent a message to the choir coordinator of my church that I am going to Judah parish, in llaro, my Rector is also going to that church and he hates anything cultism,” he said.
“I don’t know anything about this. I’m not a member. When they brought this cloth, I wanted to drag it with them that the cloth is stuffy and it is not my cloth; it was the vigilante that sprayed pepper on our faces.
“I don’t know anything about this and I have been brought here, my school hates cultism or anything that will disrupt the academic calendar, so, we don’t even try to cause any riot.”
Adegboye expressed disappointment at the school’s decision to suspend him and the Students’ Representative Council impeaching him. He stated that it was painful that the school had rejected him even without conducting a proper investigation into the allegation.
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When the other suspect, Olanrewaju Taiwo, who was arrested alongside Adegboye, was asked whether he knew Adegboye, he said he had never seen him before their arrest. He also denied being a cultist.