By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has suspended six students of the Institution who admitted their membership of a secret cult.
It will be recalled that on Monday, 2nd of 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.
The security Unit of the University promptly swung into action and, after a thorough preliminary investigation, twelve students of the University were apprehended and handed over to the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police to assist with further investigation.
According to a release signed by the University Registrar, Mrs. Magaret Omosule stated that after the investigation of the suspected students by the Nigeria Police, 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.
The statement added that by that act, the affected students have thus breached their Matriculation Oath, Code of Conduct and other pertinent University regulations.
The statement read in part: “Accordingly, and in accordance with the relevant statutes, the following students have been suspended pending the outcome of investigations by the appropriate Students’ Disciplinary Committee.
“They are : (1) Onyekwusi Praise Chinemerem, Matriculation number ASE / 2014/218
(2) Ojo Abiodun Olamide, Matriculation number MCB /2012 /149
(3) Ude John, Matriculation number ASE /2015 /362
(4) Oladoye Tobi Olakunmi, Matriculation number EGL/2014/383
(5) Ayeyi Damilola Ayomide, Matriculation number EGL/2016/075
(6) Davis Jesulayomi Olakunle, Matriculation number EGL/ 2014/207.
“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 could undermine the peaceful coexistence of members of the University Community”, the statement added.