Saturday, 25 October 2014

OAU Students Appeal To Aregbesola, Osun CP Over Colleagues Suspension

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University have appealed to the school management, Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and the state Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Maishanu, over the reinstatement of their suspended colleagues.

The authorities of OAU had suspended eight students of the school over allegation of misconduct, claiming that the students would be reinstated after the completion of a police investigation.

Students Union leaders in the school were also placed on rustication on probation allegedly for their roles during the protests against fee hike.

The suspended students are Pele Obasa, Ibirogba Samuel, Ademuwagun Johnson, Sanyaolu Oluwajuwon, Oluwole Olubanji, Benjamin Olusiji, Adabale Olamide, Abiodun Abimbola.
However, during a press conference, President of the SU, Ibikunle Isaac wondered why the school management suspended the students without any investigative report.

He explained that the police seems not to be helping matters, lamenting that they were harassed when they visited the Osun State Police Command to lodge complaints.

He said, "Currently, all Executives of the Students Union are under probationary rustication for their involvement in the struggle against hike in fee and 8 other students are on indefinite suspension for their principled defense of the collective interest of students and demand for justice.

"We re-affirm our believe that this courageous students are not criminals.
We strongly appeal to the university authority, Osun State Governor and CP to ensure the freedom of these students. This is because our management in the letter given to the suspended students said they will only be reinstated after an investigation conducted by the police has been concluded. We are still in darkness on whether or not a case is actually with the police but we know that the governor also has power over a case like this. We urge him to intervene and ensure our students freedom.
"We have also tried other diplomatic means as we have written to the Governing Council, ASUU and our various intermediaries to ensure immediate reinstatement and withdrawal of charges against students union leaders and activists. This approach we believe will be productive."

Meanwhile, one of the suspended students, Juwon has charged OAU management and commissioner of police among other to court to challenge his suspension.

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