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OAU students held for cultism granted bail by police

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, arrested for alleged membership of cultist groups have been released on bail a week after their arrest by the Police.

The security unit of OAU handed 12 students to the Police Criminal Investigation Department, in Osogbo last week, so that they would be further investigated and possibly prosecuted in connection with cultist activities.

However, the school’s security chief, Babatunde Oyatokun, confirmed to our correspondent on Sunday that the students had been released by the Police on bail.

“The Police said they’ve released all of them on bail but they are not supposed to be found on campus,” said Mr Oyatokun. “The university will make a pronouncement on them latest on Wednesday. A committee will be set up to look into their case.”

This was also confirmed by the spokesperson for the school, Abiodun Olanrewaju, who added: “very soon, a release will be made to that effect.”

One of the embattled students, Ridwan Oluwatobi, confirmed the release to our correspondent. Asked

“Dem just do am normal,” said Mr Oluwatobi, speaking Pidgin English, when asked to disclose the bail conditions.

He, however, disclose that only one of them, John Udeh, was not released by the Police.

Mr Udeh cannot be reached by phone as his line appears to have been switched off since last week.

The spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, Folashade Odoro, who promised last week to release definite details of the police action on the arrested students, could also not be reached by phone. She also did not respond to a text sent to her.

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