Hoodlums, suspected to be cult members, on Saturday unleashed mayhem in the Ijagun, Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State, during which they killed a final-year student of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the cult members, who were armed with cutlasses and guns, at about 12pm invaded Abapawa – an area off the campus and chased students, during which the victim, Ganiyu Oloyede, was hacked to death.
Oloyede was said to be a 400-level student of Social Studies in TASUED.
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.
We 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.
“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.”
It was gathered that Oloyede’s corpse had been deposited by the police in a morgue in Ijebu Ode for an autopsy.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the killing.
He said, “There was a clash between members of the Aye and Aloera cults in an area around the university.
“When the policemen got to the scene, the deceased, a 400-level student, was found dead with machete cuts. The body has been deposited in a morgue for an autopsy. Normalcy has been restored to the area now. Meanwhile, effort is on to arrest the fleeing suspects.”