Following the arrest of the President of the Students Union Government of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Adegboye Olatunji, the institution has taken the ultimate decision to hand him an indefinite suspension while removing him from his political position.
The Ilaro Police Division acting on a tip from concerned members of the area stormed an initiation venue of the notorious Black Axe cult group where Olatunji and one Olanrewaju Taiwo were nabbed while the others fled.
Thereafter, a clip of the arrest surfaced on social media showing both students being taken away by vigilantes and the police. In the video, residents could be heard hailing the arrests and urging security agents to demand the identities of other members of the cult from the student leader.
“He has his ID card on him. If they interrogate him well, he will disclose where the others are,” a man said in Yoruba.
Newsmen learnt that Olatunji, a Higher National Diploma II student of Banking and Finance, was elected the union’s president in December 2019. and had been impeached on Monday by the students’ parliament after the news of his arrest broke on the Internet.
“He was replaced by Oyelusi Damilare. He was not the winner of the election actually, but the school authority thought he had a cool and gentle face and that was why they made him the president.
“His other members are suspecting the guy that came second in the election. There was a serious fight between two cult groups at Orita last night (Sunday),” a Twitter user, who identified himself as Bisi, stated.
The Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has also ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Cultism Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
Meanwhile, the polytechnic, in a statement by its Deputy Registrar and Head of Public Relations, Sola Abiala, announced the suspension of the former student leader.
“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 the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services.
“The suspension of Mr Olatunji is in line with the Act establishing the polytechnic and the provisions of the students' handbook coupled with the polytechnic’s zero tolerance for cultism, pending his appearance before the students'' disciplinary committee to establish his culpability or otherwise.”