8 February 2002

Nigeria: Two Students Die As Secret Cults Clash in Ibadan Poly

TWO students suspected to be members of secret cults have lost their lives in a fresh clash between rival cult groups at The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

Consequently, anti-riot policemen were drafted to the main entrance of the institution to forestall complete break down of law and order in and around the institution.

The suspected cultists were believed to have embarked on a fresh hostility among themselves on Tuesday night which reached its peak on Wednesday with the death of two students.

It was reliably gathered that one Remi Morgan was killed around 11pm at Apele village close to the institution. He was said to have been shot on the head.

Another student whose identity is yet to be known was also matchetted to death at Bambo area of Sango Ibadan by a rival group, protesting the death of Morgan.

Victims of the latest cults clash were said to have been rushed to Alafia Hospital situated at Mokeola area of Ibadan where two of the students were confirmed dead.

One of the victims of the clash Mr. Osigwe who survived the attack is currently on admission at the Alafia Hospital where he is receiving treatment.

Osigwe who said that he was attacked at the bedroom of his female friend denied ever belonging to any cult group.

When Vanguard visited the institution yesterday normalcy had returned to the South and North campuses of the polytechnic while those interested in the next week students union election were seen campaigning for their various offices.

The special assistant to the rector on media matters, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole confirmed the incident noting, "whatever that might have provoked the attack was only known to them," (assailants and victims).

Alhaji Adewole said that the institution s authorities invited the police who responded quickly and have been patrolling the school and its neighbourhood.

At the main gate of the institution, a police truck marked PF 5957OY was sighted with stern-looking policemen keeping vigil.

A handful of men suspected to be members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) were seen patrolling Apele and Sango area carrying out "stop and search" on passer-by and motorists.

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