The management of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, has suspended Adegboye Olatunji, president of the institution’s Students Union Government (SUG), indefinitely, over cult-related offences.
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It was reported that Olatunji and one Olarewaju Taiwo, were arrested inside a bush dressed in full regalia of the dreaded Black Axe cult group somewhere around the state on Sunday.
Reports say they were nabbed during an initiation ceremony.
In a statement signed by Sola Abiala, the institution’s Deputy Registrar, Public Relations, he said Olatunji’s suspension is in line with its zero tolerance for cultism.
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It said: “This is consequent upon the foiling of the meeting of some cult groups from the neighboring 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.
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“The Management, therefore, use this medium to re-emphasize its zero tolerance for cultism and other misdemeanors.”
The arrest of the suspects was also confirmed by Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police command’s spokesperson in a statement on Monday.
Oyeyemi said the suspects were caught in the bush in full regalia of the dreaded cult group, and have been taken into custody.
“The duo were arrested following 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.
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“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,” it said.
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Oyeyemi disclosed that the police commissioner, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-cultists section of the state Criminal Investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.