17 September 2001

Nigeria: Cult Clash in Kwara Poly, One Student Injured

Ilorin — A tudent of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, was wounded yesterday in a bloody clash involving members of two secret cults - Eiye and Bucanners - on the campus.

The student, suspected to be a member of one of the cults, was allegedly shot at about 12 noon before being taken away by the rival group.

But some students of the institution, including members of the paramilitary group, allegedly over powered the fleeing cult members and rescued the victim.

Spokesman of the Kwara State Police Command, Assistant Superintendent Kayode Olorunmaye, confirmed the story but dispelled the rumoured death of the student.

According to Olorunmaye, "although he sustained severe injuries during the attack, the boy is not dead. He is receiving gun shot treatment. It is not every gun shot victim that dies, so the case of his death should be seen as a rumour".

Security at the school campus was beefed up, shortly after the incident, as men of the institution's chapter of Man O'War', in collaboration with some detachment of the regular policemen, screened visitors and students entering the campus.

Sources told The Guardian that the Bucaneers were dressed in their usual all yellow uniform and neatly concealed their pistols inside some polythene bags.

A member of the 'Man O War' group in the school, recalled how a rift had ensued between the victim and an unidentified cult member, few days back.

The Public Relations Officer of the school, Mr. Saka Salawu, denied that there was a clash of rival cult groups on the campus, as he described the development as "a mere rift".

No arrest has been effected but the police spokesman urged parents to always monitor the associations their wards keep.

He added: "We are making effort to reduce cases of cultism on our institutions campus but the parents, I believe, have a greater role to play".

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