Students of the Polytechnic Ibadan have expressed their displeasure over the current cultism issues that rocked the institution during its 2017/2018 matriculation ceremony.
According to reports, some suspected cult members had on Friday launched an attack on the institution during its matriculation ceremony.
Several students urged the school management to intervene in the matter as they no longer feel safe on campus.
Recounting the incident, Thomas Samuel, a student of the institution, said: “the fight started with an argument. I was about going to take pictures with someone when I heard some persons arguing, and before I knew it, I saw two guys running and they came back with two different axes in their hands, threatening to kill themselves. It was after this another party came and they started shooting sporadically into the air and people ran helter-skelter for their lives”.
Speaking further, Samuel reiterated that he was still in shock at the turn of events.
“I was shocked when I heard the sound of gunshot because that would be my first time witnessing that kind of scenario.”
Another student whose name was withheld, said “I never expected this kind of stage drama. The school is not even safe for us as students.
“Yesterday was supposed to be a day of joy for me but it ended up being a day when I can never forget. The management should be able to bring those responsible to book so that they can be used as an example to others who are also treading this path.”
Another student, Daniel James, said: ”The school security is nothing to write home about. How will the school security who do not have a cutlass not to talk of having a gun face hoodlums who are armed? The school should be able to do the needful so that the varsity can be peaceful as we now live in fear.”
Reacting to this, the Public Relation Officer of the Varsity, Mr Sholadoye Fawole, said the Institution cannot take any step as they are yet to ascertain the identities of the perpetrators as either students or not. He, however, assured the Students that investigations are currently ongoing.
“Though investigations are ongoing, what we need now is for them to be unmasked so that we can know the next step,” Fawole stated.
“We never expected such to happen as we all know that yesterday was for the matriculation ceremony and the school is open for everybody to access where the family of those being matriculated are present but we know we only matriculated the ND1 and the HND1,” he said.
“We are working on the security as we have had meetings with the Rector and the Chief Security Officer. I want the students to know that we can’t allow police officers to come into the school anyhow if they are uncalled for because they would overdo what you called them for. We can’t build police stations inside the school because we don’t want what happened in UI to happen in our school when the Commissioner of Police together with the past Student Union Government burnt down a mobile police station in front of the University of Ibadan.”
“The School security and the Police are working tirelessly to fish out those who have done the evil and we will make sure that the right punishment is been given to them.”
“I urge all students to stay at alert and be ready to report anything to the right quarters as we will be very glad to do the needful as it’s our right to fight against cultism in our environment,” he added.