Members of staff of the Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, were last week compelled to renounce membership of any secret cult by the school management.
Campus Insight gathered that they did it by swearing to an affidavit in a law court, and many who complained about the action.
The directive to the staff to renounce membership of any secret cult was contained in a circular dated April 21, 2010.
The statement was signed by the deputy registrar, Academics, Mr G.E. Ihionkhan.
“The Academic Board at its 141 regular meeting held on Thursday, April 20, 2010, deliberated on the renouncing of membership of secret cult (s) by some staff and students of the polytechnic.
“The board unanimously agreed that members of secret cults by staff and students were inimical to the growth and development of the polytechnic” the statement reads.
It also stated that such affidavit should be submitted to the deputy registrar, Establishments, through their various HODs not later than Friday, April 30, 2010.
A member of the staff, who pleaded anonymity condemned the action, saying it was only a poly by the management to cover some of their actions which he said are backfiring.
“Are they not still the same persons that have been patronising cult group under the name of “RAIN BOW COALITION” and have placed same group, made up of cultists on monthly stipend”, he asked.
Campus Insight was told that only recently that those renouncedn cultist group were on rampage, causing mayhem in the school.