No fewer than 16 students alleged to be cultists in the Kwara State Polytechnic have been feared killed during a renewed clash that ensued between two rival cult groups in the institution. Already, the police have arrested about 30 people in connection with the dastardly incident.
THISDAY checks revealed that the incident happened over the weekend when suspected members of Aiye and Eiye Confraternities clashed at the polytechnic. The cause of the clash by the cult groups could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, but the authorities of the polytechnic have closed down the institution indefinitely.
THISDAY gathered that one of the victims was gunned down during the screening of aspirants for the students’ union's election, while suspected members of Eiye confraternity reportedly killed another victim at Asa Dam road.
An eyewitness told journalists yesterday [Aug. 17] that the death led to a renewed clash between members of Eiye and Aiye confraternities, adding that it later spread to other parts of the metropolis such as Agbooba, Baboko, Saboline, Irewolede and Niger Road.
A Niger Road resident, who pleaded anonymity, said: "It all started around 4 pm at the weekend. A victim who lived at Agbooba was killed beside a bridge close to the filling station at Oja Tinton area of Ilorin. "Another dead body was found at Victory Hotel, Agbooba on Sunday. One suspected cultist was murdered at Irewolede yesterday. The deceased was chased to the area and in the process was matcheted by his assailants and left to die."
But, in a swift reaction Monday, the institution's Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Yunus Abdulkadir, said the management of the school had closed down the institution since last week after the students had finished their examinations.
Also, contacted on the development yesterday, the state police command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), who confirmed the incident, said the command had arrested about 30 people in connection with the incident. He said that 14 people among the arrested suspects were found culpable after preliminary investigations. The PPRO, who said investigations was still ongoing on the killings, added that the 14 suspects would be charged to court this week.