A suspected cultist identified as Jeremiah Moses, has been arrested by security operatives of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja.
Head, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the polytechnic, Uredo Omale, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday, October 1, said the suspect is not a student of the institution.
According to the spokesperson, the suspect came in company of three others in a Toyota Camry, when the HND II Public Administration students were writing their final papers on Friday, September 30, 2022.
“Jeremiah claimed to be an Igbo by tribe but currently resides at Anyigba with his father while the mother is resident in Lokoja,” Omale stated.
“Mr. Jeremiah came to the campus in a metallic coloured Toyota Camry Reg. Number LKJ 22 HK in company of Bakawo Abdul (M), Abdul Muktar (M) and the driver whose name is so far unknown. The trio are currently on the run.
“The culprit Mr.Jeremiah was, however, chased and later apprehended by the security operatives while in possession of a cap (beret) with the insignia of Aiye secret cult confraternity.
“He has since been handed over to the police for further investigation while efforts are being made to get the fleeing suspects,” she said.
She explained that campus invasion by cultists at the end of second semester examination, ostensibly for initiation and attacks, was a routine occurrence in the institution before the coming of the present administration of the Polytechnic led by Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman.
“However, since the inception of Dr. Usman Ogbo led administration, the rituals have been dealt a severe blow, as series of attempts have been nipped in the bud” Omale added.
While appealing to all and sundry to operate within the ambit of the law, Omale pointed out that the Rector of the institution has warned those who claim to be security agents and tend to parade firearms in the institution without authorisation to desist or would have the institution’s authority to contend with.