Ogun Government, LP bicker over allegations of planned arrest of OOU students’ leaders

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Aug 29th, 2014
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download (24)The government of Ogun State and the Labour Party, LP have engaged in verbal squabble over an alleged plan by the government to arrest LP leader in the state for allegedly inciting the students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, to protest against the government.

While the LP is accusing the government of planning to arrest its leaders for allegedly inciting the OOU students to demonstrate against it, the government described the allegation as mischievous and unreasonable, noting that LP leaders were just looking for ways to be heard.

Speaking through a press release by the Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign organization of one of the governorship aspirants on its platform- Gboyega Isiaka, the party said ,“We heard it on good authority that a meeting was held at the weekend in Abeokuta where some LP leaders were pencilled down for arrest.

“We are not afraid of being arrested because that will only show the public the extent of desperation of this outgoing government and its plan to clampdown on opposition before the 2015 general election.

”It has started with the students unions; we are also ready to employ all legal means to resist intimidation or oppression from a sinking government.

“The truth is that our leaders that they are planning to arrest knew nothing about the decision of the students to publicly condemn the obnoxious policies of this government, especially the failed attempt to deceive unsuspecting members of the public by announcing the reduction of the tuition fees.

“It is unthinkable that a government that claimed to have the mandate of the people will suddenly lose its balance and proscribe a Students Union instead of engaging them in a meaningful dialogue.

”We all know the end of all tyrannical governments and this cannot be an exemption. Turning back less than 24 hours to lift ban on the OOUSUG has not erased the fact that this government acts before thinking and this explains various policy somersault which characterised this regime,” the released stated.

But reacting swiftly through the Commissioner for Information, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the state government described the allegation as mischievous and unreasonable, alleging that the Labour Party leaders wanted to be heard by all means. He added that the state government never contemplated such a thing, noting that if it had wanted to arrest anybody, it would have done that earlier.

It will be recalled that this newspaper had reported the news about students of OOU protesting recent reduction of the school fees by the state government. The protest allegedly turned violent with the attendant destruction of property and injuring of four persons.

The development culminated to the closure of the institution last Saturday.

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