The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has resolved to consolidate in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, for it describes as “mother of all protest” against the persistent victimisation of a partner, Comrade Adegboye Olatunji, by the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro.
The protest planned for the first week of July is labelled “National day of Action against victimisation and intimidation of students union leaders by institutions management”.
It is meant to demand unqualified reinstatement of Olatunji as student of the polytechnic.
Olatunji, a Senator in NANS and President, Students Union Government of the Polytechnic was suspended by the institution after he was arrested by the Police in February over likely cult-related activities.
But NANS claimed his travails were arranged by the Polytechnic because of his call for responsibility.
The decision to protest followed the approval granted for it by the National Executive Council of NANS as stated by the NANS National Vice President, Ojo Raymond while briefing reporters on Sunday in Obantoko, Abeokuta.
Ojo expanded that the NANS National Secretariat has directed all SUG in every state to organize a mass protest against victimisation of students leader in their respective States before the National Day of Action in Ogun State.
While calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently set up a committee to probe the continuous projects at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, the NANS National Vice – President also named on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate the parliament of all funds allocated or generated by the Polytechnic since the appointment of Dr Olusegun Aluko as its Administrator.
we hereby call on the Administrator of the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro to instantly and unconditionally reinstate one of our Senator’s in NANS Comrade Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji pending the outcome of the on-going examination of fanciful allegations against him Ojo said
“The National Executive Council of the National Association of Nigerian Students have evaluated the report of the fact-finding MISSION set-up by NANS on the proclamations of Cultism and illegal arrest of one of our Senator’s in NANS and the President of the Student Union Government of the Federal Polytechnic ILARO, Comrade Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji made it bold to say that it is an obvious case of victimization to destabilize the Union.
“We are not ignorant of the antics of the prevalence of our institution’s administrators in using the instruments of blackmail, victimization and of course oppression to destabilize unionism in most of our campuses with the pronounced aim of making the Union stooges in their hand.
“The drama encircling the arrest of the Students’ Union President of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji most extremely as it relates to the allegation of cultism levied against him by the Nigerian Police Force, Ogun State Command was organized by the Rector.
“We suspect that his arrest transpired when all endeavours to cow him from raising some important questions as regards the management of the institution’s resources and pertinent questions on Students welfare.
“This is evident in the quick attitude in which the management of the society suspended him without giving him the opportunity to protect himself in line with the doctrine of fair hearing as guaranteed and enshrined under Section 36(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
“The National Executive Council of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) call on President Muhammadu Buhari via the Minister of Education to set up a cabinet with men of good identity to probe the on-going projects and project executed by the Dr Olusegun Aluko, the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro.
“We have explanations to suspect that plurality of the projects did not follow due method and were executed by the Rector through his fronts and private companies.”
But the Police Public Relations in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the students were not “reasonable,” with their testimony, wondering whether the Rector or the Police dressed their colleague in cult regalia and took him to the bush where he was arrested during cult initiation.Click To Claim Your Point