Exclusive: LASU deletes all details of suspected ritualist Owolabi
The authorities of Lagos State University (LASU) have deleted all details of suspected ritualist, Owolabi Adeeko, from its portal thus completely dissociating the university from Owolabi who until he was caught and arrested for alleged murder, was a final year student of sociology in LASU.
The implication of such action is that Owolabi was never a student of the university, explained a lawyer familiar with the case and a product of LASU.
Owolabi was suspected to have killed his girlfriend and fellow student of LASU, Favour Daley-Oladele in concert with his mother and a prophet.
Sources close to the office of the Vice Chancellor of the university told Political Economist that the school had to take the “hard decision because of its zero tolerance for crime, cultism and ritualism or any such act that demeans humanity and ridicules the values of the university”.
It was learnt that the university top echelon was riled by the bad publicity especially the aspect of ritual murder associated with one of its own despite the efforts of the universities authorities to cleanse the student body of crime and criminality.
Owolabi who ought to have graduated last year from the Department of Sociology but for carry-over in a few courses had admitted killing Favour with assistance and connivance of a ‘prophet’ in Osun State.
Political Economist had earlier traced a few of his course-mates who all expressed shock at what happened to their colleague.
“We are all shocked because Owolabi was always well-behaved. He was a quiet student and not one you could suspect to have any evil motive,” said a female student who preferred not to be named.
According to her, Owolabi’s mother was always checking up on him on campus and it was obvious that she loves her son.”
Another course mate who volunteered information only on the basis of anonymity said he noticed something about Owolabi towards the end of their 400-level last year. “I noticed that he got a bit darker in complexion. He is fair-skinned but at a time he turned a shade darker. I was not the only who noticed it, some other students also made reference to his appearance. He even started growing beard. Again, he was withdrawn. I personally attributed that to the fact that he may be feeling sad he was not going to graduate with us. But on the issue of ritual killing, I could swear that he would never do such a thing”.
One of the course-mates said to be close to him, said there was no sign in his character that he would hurt a fly let alone getting involved in ritual killing. “Ask anybody in that department, even the lecturers, nobody could ever have suspected that Owolabi, an easy-going student, would one day be linked to ritual murder and cannibalism,” he said.
Some of his course-mates also conjectured that he may have been influenced by bad boys, an euphemism for cultists.