A suspected cultist, identified as Jeremiah Moses has been arrested by the security operatives at the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja.
Jeremiah Moses, who is allegedly not a student of the institution, was nabbed on the Lokoja campus.
Saturday’s arrest was the second in three weeks as another suspect, Friday Momoh a suspected illicit drug peddler and cultist was arrested at the entrance of the Kogi State Poly.
According to a statement issued by the institution’s public relations officer, Uredo Omale, the culprit came in the company of three others when the HND II Public Administration students were writing their final papers on, Friday, September 31, 2022, claiming to be a university graduate.
“Jeremiah claimed to be an Igbo by tribe but currently resident at Anyigba with his father while the mother is a resident in Lokoja.”
“Our institution’s Chief Security Officer confirmed that Jeremiah came to the campus in a metallic coloured Toyota Camry with 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.
Omale explained that “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 Aye 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.
Campus invasion by cultists at the end of the second-semester examination, ostensibly for initiation and attacks, was a routine occurrence in the institution before the coming on board of the current Rector, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman.
“However, since the inception of Dr Usman Ogbo-led administration, the rituals have been dealt a severe blow, as a series of attempts have been nipped in the bud,” she added.
It would be recalled that one Mr Shehu Tenimu Mohammed was arrested at the entrance of the institution in 2021, in possession of arms and ammunition while making his way to the campus.
Three weeks ago, one Mr Friday Momoh was also apprehended at the Polytechnic entrance in possession of a firearm and substance suspected to be illicit drugs.
The Rector while commending the gallantry of the security operatives, has also warned cultists and those with other ulterior motives to stay away from the institution.
He also 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.
The Rector, therefore, appealed to all and sundry to operate within the ambit of the law.