IBADAN- It was a great loss to the people of Apete Community when the former Chief Security Officer, CSO, of Ibadan Polytechnic, Mr. Ahmed Olalekan and an Ordinary Diploma Student of the Institution, Alex Makun were killed by a gang of cultists in Oyo State on Monday.
According to report, Mr Ahmed Olalekan was allegedly followed to his residence in Apete, Ibadan by the Cult members and was shot dead.
The death of Mr Ahmed Olalekan who had been behind the control on cultism in the institution, enraged his colleagues, who blocked vehicular traffic along the Sango-Eleyele Road, Ibadan.
In the cause of the incident, only few students were on campus yesterday, while virtually all the lecture halls were empty.
The school security operatives were on patrol, with some posted at strategic locations to prevent breakdown of law and order.
On the other hand, Alex a student from the department of Urban and Regional Studies, Ibadan Poly was killed during his Industrial Training Exercise. Alex was shot on the neck on Monday by suspected members of Aiye confraternity.
According to an eyewitness in Ibadan yesterday, the suspected assailants inflicted some machete cuts on the deceased before they fled.
An eyewitness claimed that Apete Youth Forum “is a group of youths reputed for checking activities of cultists in the area.
“The student killed was not a cultist, as much as I know. He was popular for tackling and preventing the activities of cult members.”
The death of Alex caused pandemonium in the community as members of Apete Youth Forum took to the streets of Apete to protest the killing of their colleague, leading to a gridlock in the agrarian community with several motorists stranded, yesterday.
The Public Relations Officer of the Polytechnic, Mr. Soladoye Adewole, could not be reached for comments.
However, the Oyo State commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude, explained the cause of the incident which was as a result of conflict between the cult members.
Mr Abiodun Odude said that about nine suspected cultists had been arrested in connection with the murders.