OAU Vice Chancellor Pledges to Uphold Anti-cultism Values.


Onwuka Sylvester



Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitope  Ogunbodede has reiterated the stand of the university administration in upholding the values of anti-cultism in the institution.

This was contained in a statement made available on the school's website in honour of victims of the sad event which took place precisely on 10th July, 1999.

Speaking on behalf of the council, senate, staff and students of the university, he used the medium to condole with the relatives and associates of the victims of the massacre and prayed for the souls of the departed.

"We want to assure members of the university community that in honour of the memories of the fallen students,  the university administration would continue to uphold the lofty values of anti cultism which the students stoutly stood for," the statement said.

In a related development, the Great Ife Students Action Committee put together a program tagged scar of injustice to mark the day.

20 years ago, a squad of deadly cultist under the Black Axe Confraternity Invaded the  University and murdered in cold blood five students namely;  George Timi Iwilade (fondly called Afrika), Eviano Ekelemu, Timi Ajiteru, Babatunde Oke and Ekpede Godfrey.  The invasion also left several students injured. Witnesses have reiterated several times that if the then Vice Chancellor was concerned about fighting cultism on the university's campus, the tragedic Invasion would have been avoided. After several years, the legal suit against some of the perpetrators were dismissed.

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