Suicide threat: Students body indicts Ogun CP, Rector in the travails of SUG President - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Suicide threat: Students body indicts Ogun CP, Rector in the travails of SUG President

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The National Association of Nigerian Students and the leadership of the National Association of Ogun State Students on Tuesday Ogun state threatened to mobilise students en mass in protest against the management of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro should it fail to reinstate the suspended union president, Comrade Adegboye Olatunji back to lecture rooms.

The largest bodies of students in Ogun state, specifically demanded for "an immediate and unconditional reinstatement" of the Olatunji who was suspended from the institution and charged to court over phantom allegation of cultism levelled against him.

Addressing journalists yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, NANS and NAOSS accused the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson of conniving with the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Dr. Olusegun Aluko to victimize Comrade Olatunji who, as the President of the Student Union Government (SUG) of the institution to demand accountability from the management.

The duo of NANS Joint Campus Committee Chairman, Bamgbose Peters and  NAOSS' National President, Ogunrombi Oluwagbemileke who spoke with journalists, alleged that the Rector, Dr. Aluko orchestrated the arrest and subsequent prosecution of Olatunji because of his calls for the investigation of the Rector over alleged anti - students policy at the Polytechnic.

The students' leaders alleged that the the CP, Ebrimson had visited the institution on two different occasions, the last being on the 4th February, 2020 before Olatunji was eventually apprehended over the phantom allegation of being a cultist.

"We have been able to established that the cultism allegation trial was an attempt by the Rector and some management staff of the institution to frame up our colleague in the struggle, Adegboye when all attempts to cow him from raising some fundamental questions as regards the management of the Institution resources was not yielded to by him".

"This is evident in the quick manner in which the management of the institution suspended him without giving him the opportunity to defend himself in line with principle of fair hearing as guaranteed and enshrined under Section 36(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)".

The duo of Bamgbose and Ogunronbi disclosed that the decision of NANS and NAOSS to picket management of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro followed the continued suspension of the embattled SUG President who has threatened to commit suicide due to his inability to attend lectures and write examinations.

The two students bodies also lamented what they alleged as the "disturbing and disappointing role" the Ogun State Command in matter, saying it is saddening that the Command could collude with the Polytechnic Rector to frame up their colleague.

While calling on the appropriate regulatory agencies to wade in and ensure that justice is done in the case of Olatunji, NANS and NAOSS also stressed that students are agents of peace who should not be treated as animals.