Police in Ogun State have arrested the Students Union Government (SUG) President of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji, for alleged cultism.
Olatunji, who was recently elected as student leader, was nabbed on Sunday during a cult meeting to initiate new members into his dreaded confraternity.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident yesterday, stated that the suspect was arrested alongside another suspect, Olarewaju Taiwo.
Oyeyemi disclosed that the two suspected cultists were apprehended in full regalia of Black Axe cult group.
The PPRO said the suspects were arrested with the assistance of members of the public in a bush at Gbogidi area of Ilaro while others escaped.
He said: “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.
“On receiving the information, the DPO, Ilaro Division, CSP Olayemi Jacob, mobilised 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 were 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.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to Anti-Cultism Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.”
Meanwhile, the management of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro has suspended Olatunji for his alleged involvement in cultism.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Registrar (Public Relations) of the institution, Sola Abiala, and made available to New Telegraph.
Abiala said the SUG president was suspended pending his appearance before the Students Disciplinary Committee to establish his culpability or otherwise.
He said: “The suspension 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.
“The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro has suspended the President of the institution’s Student Union, Mr. Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji, for alleged involvement in cultism.
“This is consequent upon the foiling of the meeting of some cult groups from the neighbouring community, by the security architecture and network of the polytechnic, the Local Vigilante Group in conjunction with Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services (DSS).
“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.
“The management therefore uses this medium to re-emphasise its zero tolerance for cultism and other misdemeanours.”