The Vice president of the Student Union Government of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Tajudeen Selim has reportedly been arrested for his alleged involvement in cultism in the institution.
The Commissioner of Police in Kwara State, Aminu Saleh on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, announced the arrest of the Polytechnic student union member.
The Police also arrested four other students of the Polytechnic. They are Temitope Omotosho, Adewusi Vincent, who is said to be an ex-student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Olanipekun Abimbola, and another suspect, Ayomide Ololade.
Suspected cultists were initiating new member before their arrest
According to the Police Commissioner, the students despite the alarm the police raised on cultists’ plans to mark cultism day on Saturday, the students ignored the warning and went ahead to initiate new members of the Aiye Confraternity.
The police said the students were arrested during the initiation of their new members.
The CP said, “These cultists from the Federal Polytechnic Offa blatantly refused to heed our warning and were rounded up by the Anti-Cultism Unit of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, during the process of initiating new members in preparation for an attack.”
The new members being initiated into cultism during before the arrest of the suspects according to the police are Akinsebikan George and Gbolahan Ogunleye.
The Police also said that the red and white regalia of Aiye Confraternity, razor blade, calabash and one live cartridge were recovered from the suspects.
However, the SUG Vice president, Selim, who is said to an HND II student in the Department of Quantity Surveying, said he is not a cult member saying that he had gone to settle some problems among the arrested suspects when the police nabbed him too.
He said, “Someone came here to accuse us that we are cultists. Since I became the Vice President of the Offa Polytechnic Students’ Union Government, I have not recorded any cult clash. I have always been there to settle any problem that could arise. If there is any fracas in the school, the Students’ Union Government would direct me to intervene. That is the reason why I was there.”
Meanwhile, the school management and the student union government have not released a statement about the arrest of the students union’s vice president.