8 March 2002

Nigeria: Cultists Kill Two Students At Ibadan Poly

SUSPECTED cultists yesterday struck at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, killing two students in a bloody clash that caught the management of the institution unaware.

Apart from the two victims, an unspecific number of students and staff of the institution were injured in the bloody fight between rival cults. It was reliably gathered that members of the Black Axe and Eye Confraternity were said to have engaged themselves in a supremacy battle in the polytechnic.

It was learnt that during the clash, which occurred around 3pm, the peaceful atmosphere within the campus was disturbed as the five rival groups engaged in shooting spread.

Dangerous weapons such as knife, double barrel gun and axe were freely used in the encounter that lasted about 45 minutes.

In the ensuing confusion two students whose identities were yet to be confirmed were brought to Alaafin Hospital, Mokola Ibadan lifelessly.

Scores of others who sustained various degree of injury were currently receiving medical attention of the Alaffin Hospital while the hospital management, rejected Mr. Sherrif Adigun, an HND II Estate management student due to his critical state.

The hospital management also rejected the corpse of the dead students, claiming that they have no mortuary while a security staff of the polytechnic is on danger list at the hospital.

Mr. Sherrif Adigun was brought to the hospital in a Peugeot 504 salon wagon marked FG 125 A5/0 belonging to the university of Ibadan, at exactly 5.30pm drenched in his own blood and heavily bandaged head.

The corpse of the affected students were mutilated as their colleagues waited and cried profusely over the untimely demise of their fellow students.

Armed policemen were quickly drafted to the institution and the hospital as news filtered round that some cultists are planning a revenge mission.

The state police public relations officer ASP Opeyemi Kuyore was sighted of the hospital yesterday but he declined to give official statement on the ugly development, claiming "I can t give any information now, I m yet to be fully briefed."

The Rector of the institution Prof. Oluremi Alabi rushed to the Governor s office to brief the state governor, Alhaji Lam Adesina on the situation within the polytechnic.

Prof Alabi who looked worried, did not grant any press interview as he left the governor s office around 6.35pm.

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