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THE PUNCH (Apr 25, 2002)

By Semiu Okanlawon

NO fewer than 11 students of The Polytechnic, Ibadan publicly renounced their membership of various secret cults.

At a ceremony that attracted key polytechnic personnel, the cult members came out one after the other to tell the world that they had parted ways with evils that cultism represented.

The renunciation, which was a joint effort of the school authorities and a non-governmental organisation, Global Peace Movement, was aimed at ridding the institution of cultism.

The school was reopened recently after almost a month closure, caused by a cult clash, which led to the death of two students.

The institution's Rector, Prof. Adeniyi Alabi, regretted the resurgence of activities of cult members in recent times, a development the rector said, had slowed down academic works.

"In the last one year, we had witnessed general resurgence of cultism in our tertiary institutions and at The Polytechnic, Ibadan in particular. Just recently on March 7, two young men were slain right here on the campus as a result of cult clashes. Earlier in February, two young men were slain right here on the campus, one of them in front of his father's house," the rector said.

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