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Gov. Abiodun arrested, arraigned us so we don’t talk about our unpaid salaries – TASCE lecturer alleges [Interview]

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A lecturer at the Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu, who was one of those arraigned at an Ogun State Magistrate’s Court on September 11 for alleged robbery, has accused the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, of being the brain behind their arrest, detention and arraignment.

In this interview with DAILY POST, the lecturer, Daniel Aborisade, talked about how the five lecturers were arrested, detained and taken to court for allegations, he claimed were orchestrated by Gov. Abiodun to prevent them from agitating for their 60 months unpaid salaries and other crises rocking the college.

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DAILY POST: You were arrested and arraigned, alongside four other lecturers of TASCE, for alleged robbery, kidnapping, assault and others. I also saw your allegations that some individuals, who you described as “errand boys” to Gov Dapo Abiodun arranged your arrest and detention. Please elucidate.

Aborisade: I want to tell the whole world that those allegations levelled against me and some members of staff of TASCE were to silence us over our demand for our legitimate right.

I was arrested on Wednesday, 11th September, 2019 at the Governor’s office with one other colleague, Seyi Akinola. I was invited to have an amicable solution to the crisis of unpaid salaries running to 60 months, so I asked the other colleagues to join me in that very important meeting.

We had a brief meeting with the Special Assistant to the Governor on Tertiary Institutions, another Special Assistant and then the Chief Security Officer to the Governor. One thing that was germane in these short meetings was that we were advised to eschew peace.

It was at the tail of our meeting with the CSO that some security officers came in. (The CSO had sent a message to them). He exchanged his phone number with me and we left his office.

It was in the front of the Governor’s office that we were told that we were to be taken to Eleweran, Ogun State Police Headquarters.

I need to inform you that other three (3) members of staff had earlier been picked up on Monday, September 9. They are, Com. Tosin Hembah, Labake Ballard and Bolaji Odunsi. It may interest you to know that we were heading to seek for their bail when the impromptu call for the meeting with the kitchen cabinet of the Governor emanated.

At first, I was sceptical about the meeting. My friend, Olamide Lawal, and a member of the defunct Education Transition Committee facilitated the meeting, but by the time we arrived at the Governor’s office, we could not find him. He directed a young chap to come and welcome us.

When we arrived Eleweran, we were led to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, we were made to write a statement and taken to the cell. We were cajoled that a peace meeting would be called between us and TASCE management the following day.

It was in the wee hours of Wednesday that we were charged to court. We were taken to the Ibara Prison as a result of our inability to meet up with the bail conditions. We were released the following day. I want to say that all the allegations of theft, kidnapping and armed robbery levelled against us were false.

DAILY POST: Do you mean that the governor orchestrated the arrest, detention and arraignment?

Aborisade: Yes. Some of our women staff were at his Iperu residence and he confirmed to them that he ordered the arrest of our staff that were picked on Monday. As of today, Dapo Abiodun government just paid half salary of only May and June 2019, he is yet to pay the balance of May and June and we have not received July and August as of Sunday 15/9/19.

We were owed 57 months salary by OGD and Amosun administrations, Dapo Abiodun promised to pay us instrumentally, but nothing has been done on it.

DAILY POST: Are you saying the governor is trying to send you people to jail because you are calling for the payment of your entitlements?

Aborisade: Yes, he wants to put us behind bars so as not to agitate for our owed salaries again. He wanted to add ‘Resolving TASCE Crisis’ in his 100 days achievements without doing the needful. He asked us to resume work without paying us a kobo, which we did, at least to honour him. The next thing he did was to proscribe our association (Coalition of TASCE Staff, COTAS) and refused to unban our staff unions as recommended by the visitation panel he set up to look into our case.

The governor has been deceived by the Provost of our college, Dr Lukmon Kaidese, to silence us for them to have their ways. This is the Provost that we accused of mismanaging our IGR and subvention, also that he is not qualified to be our Provost. His appointment was terminated by the University of Ilorin, and the governor still keeps him there to wrongly deal with us.

DAILY POST: What are your requests?

Aborisade: Our requests include, setting up of governing council, reinstatement of our staff unions, payment of substantial part of our 60 months salary, release of our three year promotion letters, removal of the Provost as he is not qualified according to our college enabling law; we also want massive infrastructural development of the college. The government should assume payment of 100% of our salary.

DAILY POST: What about the case in court, that is, the allegations of robbery and others?

Aborisade: It is rather unfortunate that TASCE management and Ogun State Government can stoop so low and accused innocent staff leaders agitating for payment of 60 months owed salaries, three years promotion and other welfare packages as kidnappers, armed robbers and so on, just to coerce and silence us. We challenge them to provide concrete evidence on their allegations. They should show us the person that was kidnapped, the ransom collected, who was robbed with guns or other dangerous weapons?

TASCE management and Ogun government should be bold enough to say the truth and do the needful to bail TASCE staff out of our present predicament. All these allegations were cooked just to put staff union leaders behind bars. It is better for them to pay us now. They can only kill the messengers and not the message. The message is, keep TASCE alive, stop the killing of our staff. We have lost 51 staff to the cold hand of death due to non-payment of salaries. As for the case in court, we were granted bail and the case adjourned till 4/11/19.

DAILY POST: Do you see an end to this prosecution and are you sure it will not affect your careers as lecturers?

Aborisade: We are so sure we shall be vindicated as there are no substances in their allegations. We are law-abiding staff of the college. We are just requesting for our 60 months owed salaries. We are neither kidnappers nor armed robbers.

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ASUU breaks silence on UI staff arrested by DSS for alleged examination fraud – Daily Post Nigeria

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, on Tuesday declared that no single academic staff in the university was involved in examination malpractices at the Distance Learning Center (DLC) of the institution.

ASUU Chairman, Professor Deji Omole made this declaration in a statement made available to DAILY POST.

Omole was reacting to the arrest of six staff of the distance learning centre by the men of the department of state service (DSS) at the instance of the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, for alleged examination malpractices.

DAILY POST recalls that six staff of the distance learning centre, among whom were Edward Eborgu (Head of UI DLC software Unit), Kehinde Ajao (Head Student Support), Shola Akintunde (Executive Officer and Media representative), Ademola Okunola (IT personnel), one Lanre (IT personnel) and a certain David in the Director’s office were picked last Thursday for the fraud.

But, Omole while speaking, lashed out at the Director of Public Communications of the University, Olatunji Oladejo, who some papers attributed the story to as misinforming the public.

Omole said that contrary to Oladejo’s claim, no academic staff of the distance learning centre has been fingered or linked to the fraud.

He added that no one should drag ASUU into the fraud since none of its members is involved.

Apart from the fact that the University committee, Omole said that “ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”

He, however, said it will not take it lightly when her members are wrongly accused.

“Our members not involved in UI Exam fraud. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter on Tuesday says no single academic staff was involved in examination malpractices in her Distance Learning Center (DLC).

“Seven non-academic staff of the Distance learning center of the Institution were picked up by the DSS last week Thursday over their alleged involvement in aiding and abetting examination malpractices and compromising the integrity of examinations.

“Academic staff have not been fingered or linked to the fraud and no one should drag them into it. The Union is not against punishing anyone linked to the fraud.

“Apart from the fact that the University committee, ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”

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Device peaceful resolution to solve LAUTECH ownership crisis – Adegoke tells Makinde, Oyetola

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Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and his counterpart in Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola have been advised to deploy necessary peaceful means to resolve the age-long ownership crises that have been rocking the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.

DAILY POST gathered that the institution, which was established in 1990, is jointly owned by both Oyo and Osun States. The institution has been battling with ownership and financial crises in the last couple of years.

The joint ownership and financial contributions of both States have been generating controversies since the time of former governors Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo and Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun.

But, the Executive Director Finance and Chief Financial Officer of OES Energy Services, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, while reacting, said that there was need for both Oyo and Osun States to find lasting solution to the perennial crises rocking the institution.

Adegoke, who is the Mogaji of Abose compound in Olubadan traditional lineage while speaking with journalists on Monday, said that this gesture would go a long way in finding lasting solution to the re-occurence crises that have been rocking the institution since the creation of Osun State from the old Oyo State in 1991.

He maintained that peaceful accord would also be a demonstration that the two leaders are capable and living up to the demands of their offices.

Adegoke insisted that peaceful resolution would make the institution stronger and meet up with the aspiration of its founding fathers.

He implored the government of the two states to design ways of making the institution self-sustaining like other universities which, necessitated that both states need to work together on matters of mutual interest rather than be seen as working at cross purposes.

“There is need for both the governors of Oyo and Osun states to sit down as brothers and look into the problems rather than allow intruders to come in between them.

“If both governors, the governing council and management team meet, they will be able to dissect the problem properly and jointly proffer solutions on the way forward.

“The management should also, look at the possibility of convening a tripartite meeting which will comprise of permanent secretaries of Education, Finance and Justice ministries with their respective commissioners in attendance to look at all the nitty-gritty of what has been causing disagreement between the two states.

“I want the two governors to realise that the indigenes of the two states are brothers and sisters, and in Yorubaland it is always a wise decision when amicable resolution takes place between the aforementioned relations without involving third parties.

“In the wise, both governors should demonstrate maturity for which they have been known for in resolving this present logjam without much ado in the interest of the students who are our children and future leaders.”

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DSS nabs 6 UI staff over alleged involvement in exam malpractices

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Men of the Department of State Service (DSS), have arrested no fewer than six staff of the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre over their alleged involvement in examination malpractices.

DAILY POST gathered on Monday that the six staff were arrested at the instance of the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Idowu Olayinka.

It was gathered that they were arrested following their alleged complicity for smuggling scripts for students writing examinations, fabrications of CBT results and falsification of clearance mostly for students.

It was gathered that those picked up by the security agency were top officials of the Distance Learning Centre who could not be left out in the examination process.

A source within the Distance Learning Centre gave the name of those who have been arrested to include; Edward Eborgu (Head of UI DLC software Unit), Kehinde Ajao (Head Student Support), Shola Akintunde (Executive Officer and Media representative), Ademola Okunola (IT personnel), one Lanre (IT personnel) and a certain David in the Director’s office.

He said that the Vice Chancellor was miffed by the development and approved thorough investigations into the matter.

He added that the staff were arrested last Thursday.

It was gathered that information leading to the arrest of the six staff, came from students who had been arrested during the ongoing examinations and a protest complain from students about illegal dealings of some non-teaching staff.

Our correspondent, who visited the centre on Monday, gathered that some staff of the centre reportedly stayed away from the DLC center located along Sasha since when the six staff were arrested.

It was gathered from some of the staff and students on Monday that investigations are still ongoing to get more persons connected to the examination racketeering.

But, the Director of Communication at the university, Mr. Tunji Oladejo, when contacted, however, said that nothing of such occurred.

Oladejo, in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, added that he contacted the Director of DLC, Professor Soji Aremu, who said that such thing never happened.

He said “I have contacted the Director of DLC, Professor Aremu, who said that such thing never happened. There is nothing like that. It never happened. I just spoke with the director and he said that, it is not true.

“I am telling you that based on what the the Director said, nothing of such occurred.”

But, a source at the DSS office located at Alalubosa area, Aleshiloye Ibadan, told DAILY POST that the six staff were arrested.

“Yes it is true. They were arrested. They were arrested and they area still there. But, they are releasing them now. Some people came to bail them but they are still in the DSS office as I am talking to you now.”

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