Six students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, who were found guilty of involvement in cult activities on campus have been suspended indefinitely by the school authorities.
A statement signed by the university’s registrar, Margaret Omosule, on Wednesday, gave the names and the matriculation numbers of the affected students as Onyekwusi Praise Chinemerem, ASE /2014/218; Ojo Abiodun Olamide, MCB /2012 /149 and Ude John, ASE /2015 /362.
Others are Oladoye Tobi Olakunmi, EGL /2014/ 383; Ayeyi Damilola Ayomide, EGL /2016 /075 and Davis Jesulayomi Olakunle, EGL / 2014 /207.
The management of the university had on July 2, received a tipoff that two of their students were, against their will, initiated into cultism outside the school campus.
A call was put through to the police who stormed the scene of the initiation and effected the arrest of 12 of the students. After police investigations, six of the students were said to have confessed to being members of different secret cult groups.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]“Accordingly, and in accordance with the relevant statutes, the students have been suspended pending the outcome of investigations by the appropriate Students’ Disciplinary Committee,” Omosule said.[/penci_blockquote]
“After the investigation of the suspected students by the Nigeria Police, the university on Aug. 20 received a detailed report of the police findings.
“In the report, 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.
“Accordingly, and in accordance with the relevant statutes, the students have been suspended pending the outcome of investigations by the appropriate Students’ Disciplinary Committee,” Omosule said.
The registrar gave assurance that management would put in place a peaceful environment for all residents of the university estate.
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“It is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders to protect the university from persons with criminal intentions.
“Members of the university community are advised to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activities which could undermine the peaceful coexistence of members of the university community,’’ Omosule said.