BOUESTI denies involvement of students in Ikere-Ekiti cult clash

By Funmilayo Okunade

The Management of Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology (BOUESTI), Ikere-Ekiti, has denied the involvement of any student of the institution in the cult clash in the town over the weekend.

This is contained in a statement, signed by the Public Relation Officer of the institution, Mr Temitope Akinbisoye, on Wednesday in Ikere-Ekiti.

He described rumors making the rounds over the involvement of his students in the cult clash as not only malicious but unfounded.

According to him, the authorities of the University denied that the culprits and masterminds of the cult clash and reprisal attacks in the early hours of Sunday, April 18, in Ikere-Ekiti, were students of the University.

“Management wishes to state authoritatively that no student of the institution was involved in the attack as being alleged by the dark forces of misinformation.

“The insinuation are mere figments of imagination with the erroneous belief that the perpetrators of the dastardly act are students of the only tertiary Institution in Ikere-Ekiti.

“Students of this University are disciplined, responsible and law-abiding.

“The institution has it on good authority that the investigations carried out by the law enforcement agents confirmed that no student of the institution is traced to the unfortunate incident.

“The authorities hereby allay the fear of the general public on the palpable apprehension as the University remains a safe haven for academic activities,” he said.

The entire Ikere-Ekiti, the headquarters of Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State, was troubled following a cult clash which led to the death of six persons and arrest of more than 45 suspects as confirmed by the PPRO, DSP Sunday Abutu.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident started on Saturday night when one member of a cult group, identified as Ojuale, was shot dead near Ikere city Hall, Odo Oja area of the town.

It was gathered that Ojuale is an indigene of the town, who came from Port Harcourt on Friday to attend a wedding ceremony before he was killed by rival cult members.

Ojuale’s cult group launched a reprisal attack and unleashed terror by engaging in a shooting spree, forcing many residents to scamper to safety.