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Fears consumes students as cultists shut down Ibadan Polytechnic

Worried students of Ibadan Polytechnic at the weekend voiced out their fears over the last Friday's attack by suspected cultists during the school's matriculation ceremony, pleading with the school management to strengthen security.

KINGSLEY IWU gathered that last Friday, some suspected cult members carried out an attack on the polytechnic during matriculation ceremony of ND1 and HND1 students, resulting to injuries.

One student who spoke on anonymity  to journalists pleaded with  the management of the institution to bring the culprits to book.

She said, “I never expected this kind of stage drama. The school is not even safe for us as students.

“Yesterday was supposed to be a day of joy for me but it ended up been a day when I can never forget. The management should be able to bring those responsible to book so that they can be used as an example to others who are also threading this path.”

Another student, Thomas Samuel, while speaking said, “The fight started through an argument. I was about going to take pictures with someone when I heard some persons arguing, and before I knew it, I saw two of those guys running and they came back with two different axes in their hands, threatening to kill themselves. It was after this that another party came and they started shooting sporadically into the air and people ran helter-skelter for their life.”

But, the institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Alhaji Soladoye Adewole, while assuring the students of their protection said investigations are still going on to unravel what transpired during the attack.

Adewole said, “Though investigations are ongoing, what we need now is for them to be unmasked so that we can know the next step.”

We never expected such to happen as we all know that yesterday was for the matriculation ceremony and the school is open for everybody to access where the family of those been matriculated are present but we know we only matriculated the ND1 and the HND1.

“We are working on the security as we have had meetings with the Rector and the Chief Security Officer. I want the students to know that we can’t allow police officers to come into the school anyhow. We can’t build police stations inside the school because we don’t want what happened in UI to happen in our school when the Commissioner of Police together with the past Student Union Government burnt down a mobile police station in front of the University of Ibadan.”

“The School security and the Police are working tirelessly to fish out those who have done the evil and we will make sure that the right punishment is been given to them.”

“I urge all students to stay at alert and be ready to report anything to the right quarters as we will be very glad to do needful as its our right to fight against cultism in our environment.”

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