The student association of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Adegboye Olatunji, claimed on Tuesday that he was charmed by unidentified cultists before being taken to the bush for initiation.
Adegboye said he was on his way to church when he lost consciousness and found himself in the bush with some cultists before he was arrested by men from Ogun State Police Command.
He said this at the command headquarters in Eleweran during a parade of 77 suspect criminals, including Adegboye, for crimes ranging from cultism and theft to murder and assault.
Adegboye said: “I am not a cult member. I don’t know how I got into the bush. I was charmed, I don’t know how it happened.
‘I went to church around 7 a.m. on Sunday. I went to a church in Llaro. My rector also goes to that church and he hates everything that has to do with cultism. “
While expressing disappointment with the way he was treated by the school authority, Adegboye said, “They didn’t fight for me because they didn’t make the right findings.”
Adegboye was arrested on Sunday with one Olanrewaji Taiwo for alleged involvement in cultism.
School management immediately suspended Adegboye and was later deposed by the institution’s student representation council.
However, the state police chief, Kenneth Ebrimson, who paraded the suspects, said that Adegboye was caught red-handed.
Ebrimson said: “He was arrested in his regalia and we refused to let him do it, so he did not deny it.
The commissioner said he had known the crime.
But Adegboye said, “I know nothing about this; I am not a member. I have nothing to say. They searched my room; they found nothing.”
When the other suspect, Olanrewaju, who was arrested alongside Adegboye, was asked whether he knew Adegboye or not, he said he had never seen him before for their arrests.
He said, “I’m not a cultist, I’ve never seen him (Adegboye) before we were brought here. Someone called me and that was all. I don’t know how I got into the bush.