Obafemi Awolowo University has suspended six students over alleged confirmation of their membership of secret cults. The students are Onyekwusi Praise Chinemerem (Matriculation number ASE / 2014/218); Ojo Abiodun Olamide (Matriculation number MCB /2012 /149); Ude John (Matriculation number ASE /2015 /362); Oladoye Tobi Olakunmi (Matriculation number EGL /2014/ 383); Ayeyi Damilola Ayomide (Matriculation number EGL /2016 /075) and Davis Jesulayomi Olakunle (Matriculation number EGL / 2014 /207).
According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the school, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, the step followed its avowed commitment and zero tolerance against cultism and other anti social behaviours.
The spokesman of the institution stated that on Monday, July 2, 2018, the management received the report that two students of the institution, against their will, were forcefully initiated into cultism outside the university campus.
He said 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 professional investigation.
He said a special release signed by the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Magaret Omosule, later stated that after the investigation of the suspected students by the Nigeria Police, the university on Monday, August 20, 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, thus breaching their Matriculation Oath, Code of Conduct and other pertinent University regulations.
The students were therefore in accordance with the relevant statutes, suspended pending the outcome of investigations by the appropriate Students’ Disciplinary Committee.
Meanwhile, the management of the school has assured the university community and all other stakeholders, most especially the students’ populace that adequate measures had been put in place to secure lives and property and ensure a peaceful environment for all residents on the university estate.
It called on stakeholders to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activities which could undermine the peaceful coexistence of members of the university community. (Next Edition).