P.M. News (Lagos)

11 May 1999

Nigeria: Cultists Threaten Ago-Iwoye

Lagos — Barely two weeks after the breathtaking school killing at Columbine High School in the United States of America, a scenario close to that was replayed at the Ogun State University when some students suspected to be members of Supreme 'Eye' confraternity (the Airlords) marched into one of the venues of the institution's harmattan semester examination in a frantic search for members of a rival secret cult-the Buccaneers.

The examination was forced to a dramatic halt. Mid-way into the examination, hell was let loose as stern looking, blood thirsty desperadoes armed with guns, matchetes, swords, axes and clubs gate-crashed into the examination hall. Those in the hall instantly knew what was amiss as sporadic shooting rented the air.

Examination papers flew all over as invigilators, examiners and students ran for dear life. A student suspected to be a member of the rival cult was mercilessly beaten and subsequently handed over to the school authority as a 'threat' to the much-needed 'peace' on the campus in the wake of the bloody clash which happened last Thursday.

In a related development, another female student suspected to be a member of 'Jezebel' the female wing of a secret cult was ambushed and handed over to the police in continuation of their 'sanitation' exercise.

According to an impeccable source, there was no love lost between the two cults as the battle line has already been drawn over the issue of who rules the campus following the killings of one Ayo Koiki, a 400-level student and one Banji two years ago. The two victims identified as members of the "Airlords" (Eye) were believed to have been murdered by members of the Buccaneers.

Smarting from the loss of two of their members, the 'Airlords' waited patiently for an opportunity to revenge. This came on Monday (last week) when, during peace talks between the Airlords and the Black Axe, (another cult group in the institution) the Buccaneers launched an assault and held two members of the Airlords hostage.

Irked by the bravado of the Buccaneers, the Airlords set out on a mission to rescue the two members held hostage at a base, some two kilometres from the university town.

After an exchange of gun shots, physical battle and free use of lethal weapons, one of the hostages was rescued.

Late in the evening of Thursday last week an eye witness recounted how a student allegedly said to be a member of the rival cult was severely lacerated with broken bottles near a mosque along Igan Road. Such scenarios have been a regular occurrence in Ago-Iwoye.

An indigene of Ago-Iwoye who preferred anonymity remarked that it is now common to see students brandish guns and other lethal weapons at public places.

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