At Heritage Polytechnic, it is a serious offence to belong to any secret cult organisation. Students are warned from the point of admission to stay clear from cultism as the private institution has nothing to do with cultists. The polytechnic authority has engaged the services of security agents to provide it with the name of students involved in cultism even when such activity does not place on campus.
It is an offence punishable by law for any student to identify with or belong to any unrecognized organization classified by both the Government and the polytechnic authorities as secret or clandestine. The Federal Military Government, in realizing the gravity of this offence, promulgated Decree 47 in 1989 and clearly spelt out penalties for membership of proscribed organizations.
PENALTIES FOR BELONGING TO SECRET CULT
(a) Any student found to be in possession of dangerous instrument or weapons, such as: daggers, flick knife, axe, gun of any type, corrosives and other instruments and materials likely to cause bodily harm or death shall be suspended for a minimum of an academic session.
(b) A student shall be suspended immediately if he / she is reasonably suspected as belonging to any secret / clandestine organization.
(c) The names of students known to have belonged to secret organizations or found to be in possession of dangerous weapons / instruments or materials for any reason, will be adequately published for general information.
In addition, attention of the parents / guardians of such students will be drawn. More so, information will be sent to other Institutions, the police, students’ community and Local Government Area.
(d) Any member of staff who colludes with a student reasonably suspected to belong to any secret organization will be appropriately disciplined. However, it should be reiterated that no student is immune to prosecution for criminal offences committed inside the campus as erroneously believed by students. The Polytechnic Administration has no right to and cannot prevent the police from performing their statutory functions.