Four students of the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu campus were injured after armed men suspected to be cult group members attacked their hostel.The attack was unleashed on the students at the Lasunwon Lambe Estate about 9p.m. on Monday.The attackers stormed the hostel claiming to be searching for a stolen laptop.
According to the editor of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Mr. Mu’sodiq Adekunle, when the attackers initially stormed the hostel, they were repelled by occupants.One of the residents of the hostel, who is a National Diploma one student, had earlier been approached to be initiated by the cultists.When the attackers stormed the hostel, they shouted the name of the student, who was their target.The President of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, said the hostel was predominantly occupied by male Muslim students.
Ashafa explained that the situation report sent to the MSSN in Lagos State by its LASPOTECH branch indicated that the target of the attackers was to forcibly initiate a Muslim student in the hostel.He said: “Our members in Ikorodu were attacked by cultists in their hostel last night (on Monday).“The attackers were actually trying to initiate a student in ND one (part time), so they wanted to intimidate the MSSN hostel where he resides to get their way.
“I was informed that the cultists have been threatening him from school with the support of a lecturer. They had accessed the hostel at first by claiming that they were searching for their missing laptop but they were challenged. They later went there in multitude. Some brothers sustained injuries but have been treated and discharged.”Ashafa said the incident had been reported to the police and school management.He added: “The school authorities confirmed the incident and assured us that culprits will be dealt with. We urge police and other security agents to step in.”
But when contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Lanre Kuye, said the school was not aware of any cultists’ attack on any of its students.He said: “If there is any such incident with any of the students outside the institution, that it is responsibility of the police to handle.”The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, neither picked his calls nor responded to a text message sent to him on the attack.
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