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19 Years After, Still No Justice For OAU Cult Attack

An artistic rendering of late Yemi, Iwilade (also called Afrika) is seen at a register for student commemorating the 19th remembrance of the purported 1999, OAU cult attack. Photo: PremiumTimes Nigeria
An artistic rendering of late George Iwilade (also called Afrika) is seen at a register for student commemorating the 19th remembrance of the purported 1999 OAU cult attack. Photo: PremiumTimes Nigeria

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ileife, will on Tuesday come together to mark the 19th anniversary of a cult attack in which five students were killed. The attack was carried out in the early hours of Saturday, July 10 1999 which led to the death of George Iwilade, fondly called Afrika, Eviano Ekeimu, Yemi Ajiteru, Babatunde Oke and Godfrey Ekpede.

They were shot dead in block 5 and block 8 of Awolowo hall of the institution by the members of Black Axe confraternity. Investigation revealed that they were sponsored by the then institutions’s Vice chancellor, Wale Ojo who was later dismissed by the panel of enquiry set up by the federal government through the ministry of education headed by Prof. Tunde Adeniran.

The then student union president, Lanre Adeleke fondly called Legacy believed in Mr Omole’s complicated attitude, he said victory lies in justice and claims he is still yarning for perpetrators of the attack to be brought to justice. Legacy was a survivor of the attack.

Premium Times Newspaper reported Adeleke has saying that it was on record that some of the notorious cult members were apprehended by students, handed over to the police and confessed that they were sponsored by the then Vice chancellor. He is still bent on getting justice for the deceased stating that “A criminal case is not something that ends like that. It has a long life. Even if we forget about those that were illegally discharged, what about others? I knew many of them ran away immediately after the attack but that is not the issue. The issue of justice is not about arresting everybody. Even if it is few or even one or even Prof. Wale Omole, people will still have the sense of relief. The victory lies in how much we are able to make sure cultism do not rise by bringing these people to book.”

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Olamide George is a graduate of Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabajo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State Nigeria; she writes and reports for Campusbiz Journal. Reach me via olamide@campusbiz.com.ng

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