Police arrest 8 suspected polytechnic cultists

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The suspects are students of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic.

The Ondo Sate Police have arrested eight students of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State for allegedly belonging to a cult group.

The students were arrested on Friday by officers of the State Anti-Robbery Squad following an attack on the institution on Friday

The suspects were allegedly arrested at their hideout following intelligence provided to the police.

Some students said the cult members, armed with different kinds of weapons, attempted to enter the main campus of the polytechnic, opposite Ikare-Owo-Akure Expressway, but were prevented by the institution’s security officials.

Unable to enter the university, the cultists took over the expressway and started shooting sporadically into the campus, witnesses said.

Nobody was injured or killed as motorists and passers-by plying the route quickly took another path in order to avoid being hit by stray bullets.

The incident created panic among the students; as some of them, who were already through with their first semester examination, took their luggage and travelled to their various homes.

A student leader at the institution, who sought anonymity for security reasons, said the cultists invaded the institution in search of a student who belonged to another confraternity.

He said the bandits had earlier invaded one of the off-campus hostels of the polytechnic called “Igbo lodu”, before moving to institution’s gate.

“I think they were in search of another cult member who belongs to another confraternity; because according to students living around that area called Igbo lodu, the faces of these hoodlums are very strange and they were walking freely in the afternoon,” he said.

The spokesperson of the state police command, Wole Ogodo, who confirmed the arrest, said the case is being investigated.