A private students’ hostel in Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, was reportedly attacked by suspected cultists on Monday, leaving four students injured.
According to PUNCH, the attackers initially visited the hostel in Lasunwon Lambe Estate, pretending to retrieve a stolen laptop.
When students called their bluff, the cultists were said to have returned with a throng of members, demanding for a particular National Diploma student.
Having been alerted of a possible initiation attempt by the victim, four students engaged the cultists in a fight which left them injured and taken to a hospital for treatment.
Bayo, a witness was quoted as saying, “When they first came in the afternoon, they said they were searching for a missing item. They said the person that stole it passed through the estate. We engaged them and they failed in their attempt to gain entrance.
“Suddenly, around a few minutes past 9pm, a larger group came and started calling the name of one of us in the hostel to come out. Immediately they called his name, we remembered that he once told us that some people were disturbing him to join a cult. Some of us went out and we asked others to stay with him in the hostel. Four of us were injured after confronting the cult members.”
Saheed Ashafa, president of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria in Lagos state, said he was informed of the incident and that it has been reported to the school management as well as the authorities.
Ashafa revealed that the hostel that was attacked is predominantly inhabited by male Muslim students of the institution.
He said: “Our members in Ikorodu were attacked by cult members in their hostel last night (Monday). According to the report sent to me early this morning (Tuesday), they were trying to initiate a Muslim student, so they wanted to intimidate students in the hostel where he resides to get their way.
“I was informed that they had been threatening him in the school with the support of a lecturer. They had access to the hostel at first by claiming that they were searching for their missing laptop. They later went there in a large number. Some students sustained injuries, but have been treated and discharged.”
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