A final year student of Tai Solarin University of Education TASUED, Ijagun, Ogun State, has been killed by suspected cult members on Saturday, November 5, 2016.
The deceased identified as Ganiyu Oloyede, who was said to be a cultist too, met his death, after a rival cult group in possession of dangerous weapons invaded Abapawa area, off the campus, around 12pm. The bandits reportedly chased students, during which the victim, Oloyede, was killed.
Ganiyu Oloyede was reportedly to be a 400-level student of Social Studies in the School.
It was learnt that Oloyede was hacked to death by the cult members because his girlfriend, whose name could not yet be ascertained, was beaten up by one of the cult members, and the victim had reportedly challenged the assault.
It was said that the cult members later mobilised to the hostel where Oloyede, who was preparing for his teaching practice stayed and killed him.
It was gathered that there was tension in Abapapawa, as students shut themselves in, while the cult attack persisted.
Policemen from the Obalende division later arrived at the scene to remove Oloyede’s corpse to a mortuary.
A female student and eyewitness, who gave her name only as Bisola, said Oloyede, aka Agunrege, was killed as a result of the cult clash between Aye and Aloera confraternities.
She said, “The crisis started at about 12pm in Abapawa in Ijagun. The area has several students’ hostels. I saw the boys running around with cutlasses. They were later said to be Aye and Aloera cult members.
“They chased Ganiyu (Oloyede) to a corner and cut him with cutlasses until he died. What started the fight was that Ganiyu had a girlfriend who was beaten up few days ago by one of the cult members. The cult member was said to be interested in the lady.
“Ganiyu had protested the beating of his girlfriend by the cult member and the culprit went to invite his friends, who attacked Ganiyu.
Students are still in fear because the cult members are threatening to unleash more mayhem.”
Another student, who did not want his name in print, said the cult members came on a reprisal to attack a rival cult member, but Ganiyu was the one they met in the hostel.
He said, “On getting to Ganiyu’s hostel, the cult members did not meet the person they came to attack. When they saw Ganiyu, one of them recalled that he had had an issue with him (Ganiyu) over a girlfriend. So, they vented their anger on him.
“Right now, Ijagun is hot and the soldiers who came to restore normalcy are only arresting and harassing innocent students. The cult members have all gone into hiding after the killing. We want the police to intensify their patrol around the campus. We want our peace to be restored.”
Police Public Relation officer of Ogun State command, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the killing, and he said the remains had been deposited in Morgue for an autopsy.