NO FEWER than nine suspected cultists have been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command over their alleged involvement in the murder of a student of the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Alex Makun in Apete, a suburb of the Oyo State capital in Ido Local Government Area of the state.
This was confirmed by the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mr. Abiodun Odude, who maintained that the incident was a cult war, stressing that ”we have arrested nine persons in connection with it and we are going to charge them to court after investigation”.
The sleepy community was on Tuesday thrown into a turmoil following the death of the student said to be an Ordinary Diploma (ND), student of the Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he was studying Urban and Regional Studies.
It was gathered that during the attack which occurred around 7.30 p.m on Monday, at the Fanawole area of the suburb, the deceased was shot in the neck by the suspected cult members within his street at Apete.
Report had it that the incident was as a result of a clash between a cult group and a group of indigenous youths under the aegis of ‘Apete Youth Forum’ and it threw the residents of the area into pandemonium through the night.
Alex, as was fondly called by his friends and acquaintances was described as a very respectful and responsible person among the students in the area and was said to be on his Industrial Training programme in preparation for his Higher National Diploma when the sad incident happened.
‘Apete Youth Forum’, according to one Dayo, a resident of the community “is a group of youths popular for their activities at tackling cultists in the area”, adding, ”the deceased student was not a cultist, much as I know. He was popular for tackling and preventing the activities of cult members”,
Following the murder of Alex, a continuous protest by the Apete Youth Forum members in defense of their own murdered in cold blood has been staged, a situation creating a heavy gridlock along Apete and Poly Roads for many hours on Tuesday.
All efforts to get the reaction of the authorities of the Polytechnic, Ibadan to the incident through its spokesperson, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole did not yield any positive result as none of the calls made to his mobile line sailed through.
As at the time of filing this report, it was learnt that the remains of Alex have since been interred at Apete where his parents reside.