A final-year student of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, has been hacked to death by hoodlums, suspected to be cult members, on Saturday in Ijagun, Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State.
The cult members, according to PUNCH, were armed with cutlasses and guns, when they invaded Abapawa, an area off the campus at 12 midnight and killed Ganiyu Oloyede, a 400-level student of Social Studies in TASUED.
It was learnt that Ganiyu was hacked to death by the cult members because his girlfriend, whose name could not yet be ascertained, was beaten up by one of the cult members, and Ganiyu had reportedly challenged the assault.
Ganiyu was killed by the cultists, when he was preparing for his teaching practice.
None of the students could come to his rescue at the time of the attack, as they all shut themselves in their rooms in fear, while the cult attack persisted.
Policemen from the Obalende division later arrived at the scene to remove Ganiyu’s corpse to a mortuary.
A female student and eyewitness, Bisola said, “The crisis started at about 12pm in Abapawa in Ijagun. The area has several students’ hostels. I saw the boys running around with cutlasses. They were later said to be Aye and Aloera cult members.
“They chased Ganiyu to a corner and cut him with cutlasses until he died. What started the fight was that Ganiyu had a girlfriend who was beaten up few days ago by one of the cult members. The cult member was said to be interested in the lady.
“Ganiyu had protested the beating of his girlfriend by the cult member and the culprit went to invite his friends, who attacked Ganiyu. Students are still in fear because the cult members are threatening to unleash more mayhem.”
Another student, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said the cult members came on a reprisal to attack a rival cult member, but Ganiyu was the one they met in the hostel.
“On getting to Ganiyu’s hostel, the cult members did not meet the person they came to attack. When they saw Ganiyu, one of them recalled that he had had an issue with him (Ganiyu) over a girlfriend. So, they vented their anger on him,’’ he said.
Oloyede’s corpse has been deposited by the police in a morgue in Ijebu Ode for an autopsy.