May 15, 2014
BY DEMOLA AKINYEMI
ILORIN — There was pandemonium on the campus of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, yesterday afternoon as suspected student cultists went on the rampage, shooting sporadically.
Consequently, a male National Diploma, ND, student was shot. He was pronounced dead later in the day.
Contacted, rector of the polytechnic, Alhaji Moshood Elelu, said the affected student was not a student of the school.
The shocked Elelu who spoke with journalists during the conferment ceremony of award of excellence on him by the leadership of West African Students’ Union said there had been desperate attempts from students of other striking polytechnics to frustrate the institution which have been consistently resisted.
According to him, “Reports from the network of security made available to me confirmed that the student who was shot is not our student. We have refused to join the strike and there have been various attempts to frustrate us which have been successfully resisted.“
The victim was reportedly killed around the Institute of Finance and Management Studies area in the institution.
He was quickly evacuated to the nearby University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital for urgent medical attention.
Academic activities were consequently paralysed as majority of the students couldn’t attend lectures again as they were seen in groups discussing the development while others went back home.
Vanguard can reveal that there had been supremacy tussle between two rival cult groups — Eiye and Black Axe on the campus.