The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, has reassured students of their safety and security on campus as they go about their daily academic routine, despite the purported cultist attack scheduled to occur on the 1st of June this year, within the school premises.
Recall that a music concert was organised by and held in the institution, featuring the popular Nigerias artist, Zlatan Ibile. During this program there was an uproar in the university, allegedly instigated by a group of notorious cultists. This pandemonium led to the arrest of alleged cult members by the school’s security team, who were subsequently detained at the Moore Police Station.
The cult group, known as the “Alora confraternity,” released a widely broadcasted threatening message under the pseudonym “Oju (eyes),” which was met with fear by members of the university community. In their message, they announced that the school will be attacked on June 1st as retribution for the way their cult members were treated.
However, in a statement released by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, the management has attempted to reassure students of their safety and security on campus.
The released reads:
Re: Alarm bells ringing as OAU goes under siege of Cultists threat.
This is to inform the general public that the Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife, is aware of an open letter, trending online, purportedly issued by a pseudonymous “Cultists of Aloha clan” threatening to invade our University campus on June 1 to rain bullets of death, sorrow and grief on innocent students.”
A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that ordinarily, it is not ideal for the University to respond to such an open letter, detailing what the management is doing to nip the said attack in the bud, considering the implication of such action security wise; but we consider it expedient to inform the stakeholders in the education sector, particularly our students, their parents and, or guardians, alumni and those who place a high premium on lives and sanctity of human existence that the university management is on top of the situation, having informed the agencies of government saddled with the responsibility of securing lives and property, in addition to the internal security mechanism that have been put in place.
We hereby assure all parents and, or guardians that the security of their children and wards is guaranteed and that the students are advised to go about their normal academic activities without any apprehension, but should be security conscious and quickly report any strange movement to the appropriate organ of the university.
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