Kwara Poly: 10 feared killed in cultists, Army clash

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No fewer than 10 suspected student cultists and a soldier were feared killed in Ilorin, Kwara State, penultimate Thursday, The Point has learnt.
The incident, which was said to have occurred at Elekoyangan, a student-dominated area, is a stone throw from the permanent campus of the state-owned, Kwara State Polytechnic.
According to a highly placed security source in the community, who pleaded anonymity, the soldiers stormed the area following a tip-off that suspected student cultists were gathering in the community.
Narrating how the incident occurred, he said, “Some suspected members of the Eiye cult group were assembled in their hundreds having a meeting inside the bush; we had been suspecting them from the early evening with the unusual large number of young boys milling around the community.
“We have a working relationship with the school’s security and the soldiers on campus. So,
we quickly alerted them and they came around after about 20 minutes. They saw the cultists and in the attempt to escape arrest, they (cultists) shot and killed a soldier and that was how the soldiers opened fire on them, killing ten suspected cultists in the process.”
A police source, who also confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said, “Members of the Eiye Confraternity drawn from all the institutions in the state and neighbouring states, gathered at Elekoyangan. When the soldiers arrived and they attacked them, they retaliated and killed some of the cultists, while the cultists also killed a soldier.”
When our correspondent learnt that the corpses of the suspected cultist’s had been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital mortuary and attempted to ascertain the identity of the dead students, he was rebuffed by an official of the morgue, one Mrs. Ajibike.
Ajibike requested our correspondent to produce a written permission from the authorities to enable him to have access to the corpses. Authorities of the polytechnic had about a year ago enlisted the services of the Nigerian Army to help it check the growing incidence of cult-related clashes on its campus.
However, the National Association of Kwara State Students had recently called for the immediate withdrawal of the soldiers, accusing the troops of harassing and intimidating the students.
All efforts to get the reaction of the institution’s Rector, Mr. Moshood Elelu, proved abortive as his mobile line was switched off. Numerous calls made to the registrar’s mobile
number were not answered and the text messages sent to him were also not replied as at the time of filing this report.