Fear has gripped residents of Oluwo and Adigbe areas of Obafemi Owode Local government Area of Ogun State as suspected cult members went on rampage killing four people.
The areas, which were largely dominated by students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ojeere, Abeokuta, have been deserted following onslaught staged by the police in the area.
When our correspondent visited the areas, many of the houses were under lock and keys as many students have fled their hostels for safer areas.
It was gathered that supremacy battle which has lasted for about two weeks broke out between warring members of Aiye and Buccaneer Confraternities in the areas.
Nigerian Pilot also gathered that one Muraina Ibrahim popularly called Elebe of ND II, Computer Engineering Department, was killed last Wednesday along the popular sap route while another ND II student of Mass Communication simply identified as Demola was last Saturday killed along MacJob Street in Fowobi Abeokuta.
Identities of the two other deceased were yet to be ascertained as at press time, but one of them was reportedly killed at Mango area of Oluwo also on Saturday while the other was killed at Iyana Oloke.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 10 persons have been arrested by the police in connection with the killings while ‘Power House’ hostel, where Demola resided last semester, has been under lock and key for days.
One of the students leaders who spoke to our correspondent, Adegbola Ebenezer Ifeoluwa blamed the action of the police, saying the arrests carried out were indiscriminate.
Ifeoluwa while narrating his ordeal in the hands of the police officers in Adigbe Divisional police headquarters said attempt by the leaders to secure the release of the innocent students was resisted by the police while some of them manhandled.
Ifeoluwa said, “The police started raiding on Saturday; some were arrested at Q bar in Adigbe while others were arrested along the streets and bus stops.
“We approached the police station as leaders of the students, the mission was a peaceful protest to secure the release of detained innocent students.
“We were told that the police have visited the houses of the arrested students for incriminating objects and they found none. But we were amazed at the attempt of the police to secure false statements from the detained students.
“Unfortunately, many of us were also arrested, detained while the police shot directly at us. I was particularly beaten with iron rod,” he alleged.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state command, Muyiwa Adejobi said nine students were being held in connection with the killings.
The PPRO explained that the police had been facing security challenges in Onikolobo and some other areas of the state, adding that the students should not abuse their status to involve in cultism and attack police officers.

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