Probe FPI Rector, NANS charges FG, EFCC, ICPC

Michael Babatunde

The leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the Federal Government, Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate the funds allocated and generated by Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro since the appointment of Dr. Olusegun Aluko as the Polytechnic Rector.

The Students’ body claimed that, most of the projects executed by the Rector were carried out by his private companies.

This is coming after the students’ body said it had concluded ‘a fact-finding mission’ which acquitted the dismissed Student Union President of the Institution, Comrade Emmanuel Olatunji of all allegations made against him.

Olatunji was alleged of involvement in cult practices by the school management and was dismissed as a student of the institution. 

Recalled that Olatunji had some days back dropped a suicide note which caused uproar in the social media and amongst students.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abeokuta, the NANS National Vice President, Ojo Raymond described the trial of Olatunji as ‘a clear case of victimization to destabilize the Union’.

Raymond said the case of Olatuniji was one of many that portrayed the effort of school managements in destabilizing unionism in the country.

In his words, “the National Executive Council of the National Association of Nigerian Students having review the report of the fact finding MISSION set-up by NANS on the allegations 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 a clear case of victimization to destabilize the Union. 

“We are not unaware of the antics of majority of our institutions administrators in using the instruments of blackmail, victimization and of course intimidation to destabilize unionism in most of our campuses with pronounced aimed of making the Union stooges in their hand.”

The body which alleged that Olatunji’s trial was because of his stand for students’ welfare called on the Federal Government, ICPC and EFCC to probe all projects executed by the rector as well as all fund allocations.

“The National Executive Council of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) call on His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR through the Honourable Minister of Education to with immediate effect constitute a high level panel with men of good character to probe on-going projects and project executed by  Dr. Olusegun Aluko, the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro. Majority of the project did not follow due process and were executed by the Rector through his fronts and private companies.

“We also call on Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and that of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to as matter of urgency investigate the administration of all funds allocated or generated by Federal Polytechnic Ilaro since the appointment of Dr. Aluko as the Rector of this polytechnic,” Raymond said.

While calling on the Rector to reinstate Olatunji’s studentship, the body has proposed a National day of Action against victimization and intimidation of Students Union leaders by Institutions management which will be held in all states across the country.

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