Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, has pushed back at claim by missing undergraduate, Oluwanifemi Olajide’s father, Oni Olajide that the institution was complicit in the sudden disappearance of his son in the campus since August 16.
Olajide, a 300-level computer science student, went missing upon finishing his examination. The Senior Olajide said he gathered from the missing student’s sister, Stella, that cultists threatened him with death in the campus, accusing Caleb authorities of frustrating investigation and culpability.
“We are of the opinion that he was abducted by the cultists he told his sister about. He said the cultists wanted him dead and we saw the messages he sent to her on WhatsApp before his disappearance.
“The school has just been trying to put itself in a clean shape despite being 100 per cent culpable about my son’s disappearance. The reason my child did not go to a state university was because of cultism. I took him to Caleb University after accessing that CCTV was installed everywhere. But I am surprised that after my son went missing, they refused to give us access to the CCTV footage,” he told Punch.ng.com.
His accusation has drawn the reaction of the institution claiming the student and his sister, Stella, planned his disappearance in an a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Relations and Marketing, Dr Elvis Otobo,
It reads: “WhatsApp records show that John (Oluwanifemi) and Stella communicated between 15th and 17th August 2021 – a period that John was supposed to be ‘missing’.
“The university is gravely concerned over the fact that Stella never reported the issue of the alleged cultism and/or threat to John’s life to the school management, parents or the police.
“According to our internal investigation and information obtained from WhatsApp chats between the siblings, we are of the strong conviction that this was a premeditated action, deliberately planned by John and his sister. We do not know what could be their motive.”