Aftermath of the Thursday killing of Damilola Olaniyan (aka Damoche), by suspected rival cult group, there is now a palpable fear on the campus of the Lagos State University as there are threats that members of the cult group to which Damoche belonged to may come for a possible vengeance mission.
Damoche was a singer and a 400L student of Management Science.
The entire University community now lives in fear as both staff and students of the institution abandoned class and work Friday in apprehension.
Those found at work and in class did so half-heartedly perhaps for the heavy presence of anti-riot policemen both at the gate and inside the school premises.
Our correspondent met a water tight security at the Ojo main gate and at Iba gate end of the institution.
Armoured cars were stationed at all the entrance of the school with stern looking armed policemen while plain cloth personnel comb the school ostensibly seeking clues as to track down members of the dreaded cult group.
According to a student who gave her name as Ojuolape, “Students are scared to come to campus because of killing of Damoche. My parents told me not to come to school yesterday but I sneaked out to school because of what I have at stake.
“ Being a Friday, they feigned going to Mosque, but they actually desert their offices for fear of the unknown.
“You don’t know who is a cult member or not and that makes it the most dangerous.” The student of Economics stated adding that the school population was halved.
The administrative block had a scanty number of staff when Nigeria Politics Online visited. The few staff present were seen in groups of three or five talking in hush tones.
Generally, activities on campus were at its lowest ebb as the institution was almost shut down.
One of the staff who spoke with our correspondent in confidence for fear of being “attacked” said: “If you are waiting for anyone to speak with you, no one would do so. Apart the killing, information in LASU is managed right from Alausa, so if you need somebody to make statement, my brother, go to Alausa.
“As you can see and I’m on my way home now because there nothing we are doing here. Everyone of us is afraid of what the next action would be. We heard some cultists boasted to come on reprisal mission but, I think if the security operatives on ground are anything to go by, I think they should be up to the task of giving perfect security.” The source stated.
However, our correspondent sighted many students who claimed they had tests to write on Saturday as well and so there was no option than to come down despite the feelings of insecurity.
Established in 1983, Lagos State University otherwise known as LASU to cater for the educational need of Lagos State and its environ.
The Ivory Tower has in the past decades been plagued by cult groupings.
Several souls have been lost to the activities of these notorious cultists in LASU who mows down fellow students in their prime.
Amongst others, a one time Students’ Union Leader, Tunde Salau, who was a student of Management Science was killed in broad day light by cultists in the school compound.
The Police in Lagos seem to be in dilemma as it appears the Command has no clue on those behind the killing.
However, the Command through its Spoksperson, Ngozi Braide, has promised that it was equal to the task of ensuring an in-depth investigation into the killing with a view to apprehending those behind it.