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NAOSS CRISIS: Ogun Students Indict NSCDC Boss, Transport Union C'mmittee Member


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - The National Association of Ogun State Students' (NAOSS) has fingered the state Provost, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Management College, Commandant Racheal Awosusi in the looming crisis affecting the students' body in the state.

The Ogun state students made this allegation on Monday at a press conference held at NUJ Press Centre, Iwe-Irohin House, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta.

The students equally accused a former sports commissioner under Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration and a member of the transport union committee in the state, Afolabi Afuape for allegedly instigating against themselves.

The President of the association, Ogunrombi Gbemileke alleged that the duo of the state NSCDC boss, Everestus Obiyo and the Provost of the college in the state, Commandant Racheal Awosusi of conniving with an opposition party in the state to create a parallel national  leadership for the indigenous students with the aim of formenting incessant trouble in the state.

His words, "When we were contacted immediately after our election by the APM, we made it clear that we are students leaders and not politicians, moreover we stand for peace and not in the opposite. 

"Barely one week after our refusal, our Comrades in one of the States owned schools in Ogun east notified us of the move of the party to sponsor a group with the sum of N5,000,000 with the aim of creating unrest in the state under the disguise of students leadership.

"But it became more worrisome, when we gathered that, the Ogun State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Everestus Obiyo, has been bought over by the APM against his duty as an ambassador of peace to drive their plans home. 

"When we heard of the involvement of the NSCDC in the evil move, we wrote a letter to the Governor titled: TREAT TO PEACE IN OGUN and copied the NSCDC boss and received by the command on 24th of July, which we are in possession of the said duly received copy of the letter. 

"But the moves of the evil doers had taken a more dangerous dimension now as the said instruments of unrest were housed within the premises of the NSCDC college along the State secretariat last Saturday for their parallel convention in the state. Meanwhile that college is headed by CC Racheal Awosusi."

The students however threatened to stage a nationwide protest with its mother body, NANS if the commandant refuses to absolve himself from students union matter.     

"We as Comrades are unrepentant in our ways and as a result, we are not afraid of their antics but finds it as a duty to expose evil doers in the state. 

"We however call on the Commandant general of the NSCDC,  Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu to with a matter of urgency probe the Ogun state Commandant and the provost of the NSCDC College at Oke-mosan, on there reasons to have turned to a tool to infiltrate the legitimate leadership of the students body by the desperate APM, before things get worse in the state.

"Failure to take immediate action on this, shall leave us with no other option than to mobilize NAOSSites and as well call on our mother body NANS, to join us in this struggle." He added

But reacting to the allegation, the Public Relations Officer, NSCDC Management College, DSC Joseph Oguntegbe denied involvement of the command in the students power tussle. 

Oguntegbe explained that, the students wrote to the college of organizing an election into position of national offices, siting security reasons for using the college as venue. 

According to him, "I want to believe you know we are a para-military federal government organization and we are saddled with responsibility of safeguarding the lives and property of the people irrespective of ethnic and political belief. 

"Such allegation must have been concocted because we received a duly signed letter from the National secretariat of the students association, NAOSS dated 18th July, 2019 intimating the college of change of venue of their election and the reason to use the college.

"Having received the letter, the provost consulted the National Headquarters who gave us the approval to allow the students organized their peaceful election. We were unaware of any factionalisation or previous election held by another faction. Nobody brought it to our notice."

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