The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife has reduced the fears of students of the institution as well as their parents and other stakeholders over the threat by a cult group to attack the university on June 1. The university said in a declaration made available to our correspondent by Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, its Public Relations Officer, that it was aware of this threat and had taken necessary steps to prevent a bloodbath on the campus. The university said the threat had been reported to appropriate security agencies, who it said were working to foil any attack on the campus.
The school advised students and other members of the university community to go about their activities without fear. The declaration read, “This is to inform the general public that the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is aware of an open letter, trending online issued by a pseudonymous ‘Cultists of Aloha clan’ threatening to invade our university campus on June 1 to rain bullets of death, sorrow and grief on innocent students. “Ordinarily, it is not ideal for the university to respond to such an open letter, detailing what the management is doing to nip the said attack in the bud, considering the implication of such action.
“But we consider it expedient to inform the stakeholders in the education sector, particularly our students, their parents and, or guardians, alumni and those who place high premium on lives and sanctity of human existence that the university management is on top of the situation. “We have informed the agencies of government saddled with the responsibility of securing lives and property, in addition to the internal security mechanism that has been put in place.
“We hereby assure all parents and, or guardians that the security of their children and wards is guaranteed and that the students are advised to go about their normal academic activities without any apprehension, but should be security conscious and quickly report any strange movement to the appropriate organ of the university.” It will be recalled that the cult group had threatened to unleash terror on the university for the arrest of some of its members, who it claimed were punished by members of the Man-O-War on the campus.