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Reactions trail LAUTECH students protest principal officers’ removal

By OLA AJAYI & GBENGA OLARINOYE
OGBOMOSO — STUDENTS of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, yesterday staged a violent protest against the suspension of the former Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Moshood Nassar and three other principal officials by Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Aregbesola wants protest probed

But Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola while reacting to the protest, called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Afiz Ringim to investigate the violent protest by students from the state who were allegedly injured.

Ajimobi in consultation with his Osun State counterpart, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola had approved the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor, VC, Professor Niyi Gbadegesin to replace the former VC after he announced the suspension in line with a court order.

The governor in consultation with his Osun State counterpart, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola had approved the appointment of a new VC, Prof. Niyi Gbadegesin to replace the former VC.

The former governors of Osun and Oyo states, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Adebayo Alao-Akala both from the PDP had allegedly thrown the institution into confusion over the joint ownership of the institution.

The students, mainly Oyo State indigenes, insisted that all staff of the institution from Osun State should leave for their state.

As early as about 6.45 am, the students made all the roads leading to the institution impassable forcing motorists and staff of the institution to park their vehicles outside the gate.

The students armed with placards were calling for the removal of the incumbent VC and other staff who are from Osun State.

The President of the Student Union Government of the institution, Mr. Idowu Adeniyi, alleged that some staff from Osun State injured him during the crisis.

He said: “We even arrested two of the staff. The students asked that Mr. Olagunju of Bursary department leave and go to his state,Osun. They do not want the Acting Vice Chancellor but that Professor Nassar should be brought back”.

Aregbesola kicks

The Governor who alleged the former Oyo State Governor, Chief Adebayo Alao Akala to be mastermind of the violence said the timely investigation of the matter by the police would help at averting further break down of law and order in the university.

Aregbesola in a statement issued by his Director of Media and Stategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon noted that some thugs allegedly sponsored by Akala attacked indigenes of the state during the students violence in Ogbomoso.

The statement reads in part, “Information at our disposal indicates that the attacks on indigenes of Osun State at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso was sponsored by loyalists of ex Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala from Ogbomoso, who in the first place, was the mastermind of the crisis of ownership of the institution before voters showed him the way out of the Oyo State Government House.

It’s Akala-phobia, says Akala

Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala in his reaction said; “The LAUTECH crises was precipitated by the foolhardiness of Governor Ajimobi who in spite of the October 26, 2010 joint agreement between the erstwhile Governors and legislative legitimacy on Oyo sole ownership, he’s adamant in trading off the people’s legacy which LAUTECH has come to represent.

“Any violence under whatever guise must not be condoned and though provoked by a government that failed to protect their interest, violence is not the option. In spite of the obvious injustice which the insistence on joint ownership connotes, Ajimobi’s desperation to dance to the whims and caprices of his bank roller blinded him to the obvious short-changing.”


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