An undergraduate of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, Ayodele Temilade, has been hacked to death by people suspected to be cultists.
Some students of the institution, who confided in our reporter, said the corpse of the deceased was discovered at the gate of the school around 10pm on Sunday. They, however, explained that they did not know how the corpse got there.
A close look at the corpse posted on the social media revealed that the head of the victim was severed and the body inflicted with several machete cuts.
Confirming the incident, the PPRO in Ekiti police command, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, said the command received the report of the incident on Monday morning and had since taken corpse to the mortuary.
He said, “His name was given as Ayodele Temilade but we don’t know his course or level for now. We are treating the issue as a murder case until investigation is completed. ”
However, the Acting Director, Information and Corporate Affairs of the institution, Ajibade Olubunmi, who also confirmed the ugly incident, added that Temilade’s corpse was found at the gate of his residence.
This is contrary to the earlier claims that the corpse was dumped at the school’s gate.
A statement by Olubunmi on Monday, said the management of EKSU has declared war against cult activities in the school.
Tagged “Operation no cultism in EKSU”, the statement said the Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamidele Oye made the declaration after an emergency security meeting in response to noticeable upsurge in cultists’ activities in the institution.
“All suspected cultists will be rounded up, investigated and dealt with according to the University’s extant rules and regulations as well as prosecuted in the law courts”, he said.
The statement further added that the VC also directed that names of suspected cultists in the University would be compiled for necessary action.
He vowed to leave no stone unturned until all the unscrupulous elements are chased out of EKSU, adding that the university would no longer be home to cultists and nefarious activities by any group.
Professor Bandele also noted that efforts were on to involve indigenes of Iworoko and adjoining communities in the operation to flush out suspected cultists from their hideouts.
The Vice Chancellor assured that adequate security would be provided on campus for all staff and students on campus.