Six undergraduates students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, have been suspend for being members of a cult group, the university management has announced.
The announcement was contained in a circular issued by the Registrar of the university, Mrs. Margaret Omosule and made available to the media in Osogbo on Wednesday by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju.
According to the registrar, the university suspended the students following their alleged confession to the police that they were members of some proscribed groups, saying the suspension action was taken because the students violated the oath they made during their matriculation.
The registrar said that the university received an information in July, 2018, that two students of the institution, were forcefully initiated into cultism outside the university campus.
She said that the security unit of the university swung into action and, after a thorough preliminary investigation, 12 students were apprehended and handed over to the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police to assist in investigating the matter.
The registrar said, “After the investigation of the suspected students by the Nigeria Police, the university on 20th August, 2018, received a detailed report of the Police findings, where it was confirmed that six students of the university had admitted their membership of proscribed groups, thus breaching their Matriculation Oath, Code of Conduct and other pertinent University regulations.
“The management hereby uses this medium to assure the university community and all other stakeholders, most especially the students that adequate measures have been put in place to secure lives and property and ensure a peaceful environment for all residents on the university estate.”