The Students Union President of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Adegboye Olatunji, claimed he was charmed by unknown cultists and taken to the bush for initiation.
Adegboye said he was on his way to the church when he lost his consciousness and found himself in the bush with some cultists, and later arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command.
He said this, on Tuesday, at the Police headquarters in Eleweran during a parade of 77 suspected criminals, including Adegboye for various crimes ranging from cultism, robbery, gun-running, murder and assault among others.
Adegboye was arrested on Sunday in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area of the state with one Olanrewaji Taiwo for alleged involvement in cultism.
Less than 24 hours after the incident, the school management promptly suspended Adegboye and was later impeached by the Students’ Representative Council of the institution.
The state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, who paraded the suspects, said, “He (Adegboye) was apprehended with his regalia and we have refused to let him pull off so that he doesn’t deny, and you can see it for yourself.”
Earlier during the parade, the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, told journalists that the suspect had confessed to him during an interview that he is a cultist.
But when Adegboye was engaged by journalists, he promptly disagreed with the CP, claiming, “I never confessed any of such thing to him.”
He said, “Before I knew what was happening, they have started beating me. What I heard was that I know how to fight on behalf of students that house rent is high, that’s what I heard and they tore my clothes, put me inside the boot and took me to school.”
On his mission in the bush before his arrest, Adegboye said, “I don’t know how I got into the bush. I was charmed, I don’t know how it happened.
“I was going to the church around 7 am on Sunday, I left the school’s hostel. When I was leaving, I greeted the security man and told him that I will be back probably at 3 pm, that my brother called me to come for the service and I want to rush there.
“I sent a message to the choir coordinator of my church that I am going to Judah parish, in llaro, my Rector is also going to that church and he hates anything cultism.”
While expressing disappointment over the way he was treated by the school authority, Adegboye said, “They didn’t fight for me because they didn’t make their proper findings. If I was shot dead there, that’s how they will say that the SU president has gone.”