ILARO-YEWA: The recently suspended Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro (FPI), Comrade Adegboye Olatunji who is standing for a court case on his alleged involvement in cultism has received conditional pardon from the management of FPI who through a letter lifted the suspension on the embattled SUG President.
The Polytechnic in a letter, signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mrs. A.F Osore and dated Thursday, July 2, noted that the restoration of Olatunji’s studentship followed the intervention of the Ogun State government in the crisis between the management of the institution and the students’ community in the state.
The letter, titled, “Restoration of Studentship” and sighted by VANGUARD on Friday in Abeokuta, was addressed to Olatunji and the Head of Department, Banking and Finance, directed that Olatunji be reinstated back to institution pending the outcome of the court case of cultism instituted against him.
The letter reads, “Sequel to your apprehension by the Nigeria police force for engaging in an unlawful association and your subsequent appearance before the relevant court of law, the academic board in exercise of its powers placed you on suspension in line with section 13 (1) (c) of the Federal Polytechnics Act of July 25, 1979, as amended in 2019 and in compliance with category A offence, number 17 and 32b of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro Student Handbook”.
“However, based on the intervention of the Ogun State government on the matter through
a meeting coordinated by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and having in attendance, the Advisers to the Governor on Security, Labour, Students Matters, representative of the Department of State Services (DSS) in the State, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Executives(Ogun State), Rector, The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro (FPI) and Deputy Registrar (Rectory), FPI”.
“And a follow-up letter dated 30th June 2020 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi wherein it was directed that the status quo be maintained pending the outcome of the court case of cultism instituted against you”.
“Accordingly, the Academic Board at its meeting held on Thursday, July, 2, 2020, taking into consideration the intervention of Ogun State government resolved to restore your studentship.”
“The Polytechnic, however, asked Olatunji to obtain a letter of certification from his guarantors – the Ogun state government and the Department of State Services (DSS) Ogun state office.
“The institution urged Olatunji to always maintain law and order for the period of his studentship in the Polytechnic and the community.”
Recalled Olatunji was arrested alongside another member at a “meeting place” of a cult group outside the FPI campus on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at a neighbourhood of Ilaro-Yewa.
It was scooped that when the arrest of the alleged cultists were made the case was reported to the FPI management who now called in the police for their arrests. Olatunji was however suspended from the school, removed as the SUG President, and subsequently charged to court.
But observers of the scene were surprised about the dramatic turn of event when the state government and a federal government security agency now turned guarantors to an alleged cultist whose case is still in the court of law.