Four undergraduates of of University of Lagos (UNILAG) in Akoka were arrested on suspicion of their involvement in cultism. The arrest was conducted by the policemen from State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).
The four were charged with two counts of conspiracy to breach public peace and being memebers of an unlawful secret society, known as Aloral Bucania. All suspects, Raheem Yusuf, 21, Adedoyin Adeyemi Abraham,24, Olanrewaju Idowu, 36, and Safraini Oluyemi Peters, 24, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to the police, the four accused persons had conspired to cause breach of public peace on August 4 at about 9.30am, at room 318, Biobaku Hall of UNILAG. However, it’s unclear what exactly they were plannig to do.
The prosecutor, Adebayo Oladele, informed the court that the offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 409 and 42(a)(b) of the criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2011.
Frequent criminal activity for cults include intimidating professors into giving high grades, including by burning their cars or briefly abducting their children. The majority of confraternities, as of 2005, were engaged in a variety of money-making criminal activities, ranging from cybercrime to armed robbery and kidnapping. Cult members may also get money from political figures, who wish to intimidate their opponents.
The exact death toll of confraternity activities is unclear. One estimate in 2002 was that 250 people had been killed in campus cult-related murders in the previous decade, while the Exam Ethics Project lobby group estimated that 115 students and teachers had been killed between 1993 and 2003.
However those figures pale into insignificance when compared with recent cult activities in Benin city, the Edo state capital in 2008 and 2009, with over 40 cult related deaths recorded monthly.