The web of cultism is stretching by the day in Nigerian institutions and its net is constantly pulling new members into the fold.

From university to secondary school, cultism has become a thriving clique that has consistently posed security challenges on the society.

But what is most alarming is the exodus of secondary school students into this act and what they ultimately stand to derive as members.

A confession by some secondary school students who were nabbed by policemen in Akugba Akoko, Ondo state recently seems to have given a clue on reasons for joining the dreaded group.

"We wanted to be respected by fellow students, feared by our teachers and untouchable in town. We equally wanted to be in control. That is why we joined cult groups in Adekunle Ajasin University.”

This was the statement of Sadiq Jimoh and Raji Wasiu of Oroke High School, Akungba-Akoko who were paraded for being cult members at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko.

The duo were said to have been lured by leaders of a cult group in the university in order to use them as foot soldiers while also using them to recruit their colleagues in their school.

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Some residents also confirmed that secondary schools in the town have been infiltrated by cult members.

"When you see some secondary school students, you will find it difficult to believe that they are still in secondary school.

"They behave weird and wild. Everything about them triggers suspicion that they are actually cult members. They are everywhere in this town even in the state at large" said an indigene who pleaded for anonymity.

A police source disclosed that the suspects were arrested alongside their cult leaders at a popular hotel in the university town where they were allegedly holding a meeting in preparation of launching an attack on a rival cult group.

The suspected cult leaders were named as Peter Yoyiho, a 400-level student in Plant Science and Biotechnology, and Daramola Temitope, a 400-level student in English and Literary Studies, and they both belong to Aiye Confraternity.

Confirming the arrest, the commissioner of police, Gbenga Adeyanju said detectives attached to the area swooped on them at the hotel after a tip- off about their planned attack on a rival cult group.

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