A suspected cultist, identified as Jeremiah Moses, has been arrested at by the management of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja.
The arrest is coming barely 21 days after the arrest of one Friday Momoh, a suspected illicit drug peddler and cultist, at the entrance of the Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja school gate.
It was gathered that the suspected cultist is not a student of the institution.
The Head, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, Kogi State Polytechnic, Mrs Uredo Omale confirmed this in a statement on Saturday afternoon.
She explained that the suspected cultist came in the company of three others when the HND II Public Administration students were writing their final papers on Friday, 30th September 2022.
“Jeremiah claimed to be an Igbo by tribe but currently resides at Anyigba with his father while the mother is resident in Lokoja.
“Mr. Jeremiah came to the campus in a metallic coloured Toyota Camry Reg. Number LKJ 22 HK in the company of Bakawo Abdul (M), Abdul Muktar (M) and the driver whose name is so far unknown. The trio are currently on the run.
“The culprit Mr.Jeremiah was, however, chased and later apprehended by the security operatives while in possession of a cap (beret) with the insignia of Aiye secret cult confraternity.
“He has since been handed over to the police for further investigation while efforts are being made to get the fleeing suspects,” she said.
She explained that campus invasion by cultists at the end of second semester examination, ostensibly for initiation and attacks, was a routine occurrence in the institution before the coming of the present administration of the Polytechnic led by Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman.
“However, since the inception of Dr. Usman Ogbo led administration, the rituals have been dealt a severe blow, as series of attempts have been nipped in the bud” Omale added.
While appealing to all and sundry to operate within the ambit of the law, Omale pointed out that the Rector of the institution has warned those who claim to be security agents and tend to parade firearms in the institution without authorisation to desist or would have the institution’s authority to contend with.