- Students of The Polytechnic Ibadan on Tuesday staged a protest over the killing of a member of the school’s Students’ Forum, Mr. Ahmed Olalekan, by some suspected cultists.
DAILY POST gathered that the The Students’ Forum is an anti-cultism group comprising students and former students of the institution.
Our correspondent learnt that Olalekan who is an alumni of the institution was involved in the fight against cultism through his activities as a member of the forum.
He was said to have been killed on Monday night by cultists who stormed his apartment in Apete area of Ibadan and shot him at a close range.
The cultists were said to have also cut him several times in the neck with an axe to ensure he was truly dead before leaving the scene.
Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the forum, Adeyemi Ridwan while condemning the act, said the cultists had been threatening to strike for more than two weeks.
Ridwan said, “The school is aware of this. I left the school with him on Monday and when we got to Apete, I told him that we should go to a place but he said he wanted to go and rest at home, so he alighted from the commercial motorcycle we took from school.
“Five minutes later, a lady called me and said that he had been killed by cultists who shot him in the neck in his apartment.”
Another member of the forum, Ademuyiwa Bakare, said that on August 6, 2018, he received a message from a member of the Aye Confraternity. He said he was told that the deceased had been disturbing them from carrying out their activities in the school.
Bakare said, “I said that the forum is an anti-cultism group that had existed for many years in the school. I also pleaded with them not to attack him.
“I was shocked on Monday night when I received a call while watching the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham that Maku had been killed by two Aye Confraternity members who attacked him in his apartment at Apete.
“He was shot in the neck and the killers stabbed his neck with an axe several times. He graduated from Urban and Regional Planning Department of the school.”
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), of the State Police command, Adekunle Ajisebutu while reacting, said that the situation had been brought under control.
Ajisebutu in a short SMS sent to DAILY POST Tuesday evening said, “The situation has been brought under control following immediate deployment of policemen to maintain law and order there.
“Some arrests have been made and exhibits such as axes and cutlasses recovered.
“The state CP, Abiodun Odude, has directed that discrete investigation into the incident be carried out and suspects arrested be charged to court”.