Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, is under fire following the arrest of an executive of the NANS whom he says is an APC thug. The students body is however threatening to take drastic action if Fayose keeps their member incarcerated.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NAN), Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Lagos State has tackled Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, over the arrest of one of its executives.
In a statement issued on Monday and signed by the P.R.O. NANS Southwest Region (Zone D), Olatinwo Jeremiah and the Chairman NANS/JCC, Lagos Axis, Sanusi Sulaimon, the union said the political affiliations should not be "forced" on any of its individual members.
"National Association of Nigerian Students once again want to use this medium to notify the Ekiti state governor that the fact that the national body of NANS are obviously politically affiliated to a particular party does not mean that every of its member also should be forced to that same party, in respect to these we demand the immediate release of one of our student leaders, the National Vice President (External Affairs) Tosin Ogunkuade aka Jasper, that was arrested in Ekiti state on the order of the state governor," the statement read.
Reminding the governor of individuals’ “freedom of association”, the union asked Fayose to release Ogunkuade or face its wrath.
“We therefore demand the immediate release of National Vice President from his unlawful detention, BEFORE THINGS GO OUT OF HAND.”
Thugs or student leaders?
It will be recalled that Police authorities in the state had arrested Ogunkuade, following his participation in last Saturday's All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential campaign in Ekiti.
A statement by the Special Assistant to Fayose on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, stated that Ogunkuade, nicknamed 'Jasper', and three other "thugs"; Odebunmi Idowu (from Ilupeju-Ekiti), Aliyu Yusuf (from Ibadan), Oladayo Obikoya (from Ikogosi), were arrested in possession of dangerous arms.
“The thugs were arrested with guns, axes, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons while trying to escape through Efon-Alaaye at about 3am today," the statement read.
“They were arrested in a red-coloured Nissan Sunny with registration number Ekiti AH 176 EFY, and were moved to the Aramoko-Ekiti police station, where they were detained briefly before they were moved to the Police Headquarters, Ado-Ekiti."
In the wake of the arrest, the APC State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, accused Fayose is deliberately victimizing its supporters.
A student of the Ekiti State University, (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, also suffered severe head cut in violence that trailed the arrest.