A secondary school in Osun State, lfeoluwa Co-Educational Grammar School, Osogbo, has allegedly been invaded by suspected cultists on Thursday, leading to the immediate closure of the school, according to an announcement by the state government.
Osun State Police Command spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, revealed that about 20 youths, bearing cutlasses and other dangerous weapons had stormed the school premises and caused chaos.
Opalola said, “We received a distress call from Ifeolu School, Osogbo that a group of youths, numbering about 20, invaded the school with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.
“On receipt of this information, we deployed men to the scene and a suspect was arrested at the scene with a machete cut on his left arm and head. He was rushed to Osogbo Central Hospital for treatment.”
A statement by the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Education, Kehinde Olaniyan, on behalf of the state government, said that the closure was to avert the breakdown of law and order prompted by the invasion of the school by hoodlums and cultists, masquerading as students.
The statement read in parts, “This is to inform the general public, especially parents, guardians, and students of lfeoluwa Co-Educational Grammar School, Osogbo, that the Honourable Commissioner for Education has directed that the school be closed down temporarily until further notice.
“This step is necessary to prevent the breakdown of law and order, occasioned by the invasion of the school by hoodlums and cultists masquerading as students.
“Parents and guardians are advised to keep their wards at home, while the closure lasts. The ministry is working round the clock to ensure that the hoodlums are arrested and prosecuted accordingly.”