The Lagos State government has tightened security at the Lagos State University (LASU) following the recent clash between cult groups that resulted in the death of two students of the institution.
Students of the institution had been living in fear since 28 February when two members of one of the cult groups allegedly shot and killed a final year student of the institution, Damilola Olaniyan, a.k.a. Damoche.
Damoche, an upcoming musician and 400 level Banking and Finance student, was shot some metres away from the institution’s main gate along Iba Road by two unidentified gunmen, suspected to be cultists, who rode on a motorcycle.
Following the murder of the musician, there had been reprisal attacks around the school campus.
Shortly after his death, another LASU student, a part-time student, was murdered by some unidentified gunmen suspected to be members of Eiye Confraternity.
The murder, an alleged reprisal attack over Damoche’s death, took place at Abeokuta Street, Okokomaiko, a neighbouring community to LASU’s main campus.
In reaction to the incidents, the state House of Assembly had last week called on the state governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to tighten security at the institution.
In a Matter of Urgent Public Importance brought before the House by Sanai Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu Constituency 1, the House had warned that if urgent steps were not taken, the problem would escalate.
Briefing the House at its plenary yesterday evening, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Wahab Alawiye-King, informed his colleagues that the executive arm had implemented the House’s resolution by deploying security operatives to the institution.
He said the school is now calm as the students are aware that they are being closely monitored once they are in the school premises. He denied insinuations that the school was shut down following the cult activities but said he had been in touch with its management and could confirm that the students are preparing for their examinations. The House commended the state governor for confronting the security challenge in the institution.