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OOU: Ogun govt, LP bicker over alleged planned arrest

OGUN State government and Labour Party, LP, yesterday traded words over alleged plan to arrest its leaders in the state for allegedly inciting the students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, to demonstrate against government.

Students of OOU protesting recent reduction of the school fees by the state government allegedly turned violent during a protest and destroyed property and injured four persons.

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

While the LP accused the government of planning to arrest its leaders for allegedly inciting the students of OOU to demonstrate against it, the government described the allegation as mischievous and unreasonable, saying, LP leaders wanted to be heard by all means.

Speaking through one of its governorship aspirants, Gboyega Isiaka, in a release by the Director of Media and Publicity of his campaign organisation, Ifekayode Akinbode, 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.Olabisi-Onabanjo-University

“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.”

But, in a swift reaction, the state government described the allegation as mischievous and unreasonable, saying, LP leaders wanted to be heard by all means.

Speaking through the Commissioner for Information, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the government said it did not have such thing in mind, noting that if it had wanted to arrest anybody, it could have done that earlier.


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