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Ogun Students Petition NSCDC Over Allegations Of Unionism And Politics

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Students leaders in Ogun State on Wednesday said they have petitioned the Ogun State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) over allegations that the paramilitary agency “seems to be actively venturing into politics and unionism.

But the NSCDC command in Ogun State said it has nothing to do with the recent National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) election in Ogun State.

The Ogun NSCDC also denied giving any form of support to a faction of the students union in the state.

DAILY POST reported on November 2 that students leaders and a contestant in the state National Youth Council of Nigeria election in Ogun State, Lanre Mosaku, kicked against the ambition of an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Comrade Abduljabar Ayelaagbe, to become the Ogun State Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).

Ayelaagbe, it was learnt, participated in the election and was declared winner.

In a petition jointly signed by Tomiwa Bamgbose, Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Ogun state axis and Gbemileke Ogunrombi, National President, National Association of Ogun State Students, NAOSS, the students’ leaders told Abodunrin that:

“You will recall that your command has once helped a faction of the National Association of Ogun state students (NAOSS) to conduct a factional election inside one of your facilities in the state even when the association never kept you in a lala land about the election.

“Like that was not enough, another staff of the NSCDC as well ventured into the politics of our mother association, National Youths Council of Nigerian, NYCN, Ogun state chapter, even when he is over-aged, we promptly reported the development to your office because the new leadership of Commandant Hammed Abodunrin rekindles our trust in the NSCDC but even at that, the command has activated a ‘look away tactics’ with a view to rob us again in the NYCN, thereby leaving the aberration of the highest order, committed by an officer of the NSCDC in the Ogun State command, Mr Ayelagbe.”

“To this end, our request is not ambiguous as our suspicion is not also unclear, if nothing is done to this issue in 72 hours, we shall communicate the national body of our association in Abuja presenting our ordeals in the hands of the NSCDC in Ogun.”

But in an interview with DAILY POST on Wednesday, the Ogun NSCDC boss, Abodunrin said the agency under his watch had nothing to do with the NYCN election in Ogun State, urging participants to leave the NSCDC out of any issue that might have arisen from the said election.

Abodunrin appealed to aggrieved members to iron out issues they have with Ayelaagbe as an individual, instead of attaching the NSCDC to it.

He said it was wrong to say “NSCDC is playing politics in Ogun State”, asking what did the corp stand to achieve in the NYCN or student union elections that would warrant his interest.

He charged the youths to settle the issue amicably among one another or report Ayelaagbe at the Ministry of Youths, instead of dragging the name of his organisation in the mud.

Abodunrin reechoed that the he had started the process and procedure of establishing facts on the issue.

His words, “The NSCDC has nothing to do with the NYCN election in Ogun State. They should stop mentioning Civil Defence. We have nothing to do with what they are doing. If they want to talk to the boy (Ayelaagbe), they should talk to him as an individual, not as Civil Defence.

“It is wrong to say the NSCDC is playing politics in Ogun State. I urge them to resolve issues amicably among themselves. I have nothing to gain in NYCN or student unionism. As for Ayelaagbe, everything has process and procedure, I must establish my fact and that’s what I’m doing. If they have anything to tell me, they should let me know officially, not through this process.

“Let me also tell you that I was not in Ogun when they held NAOSS election. But I’m very sure the officer they accused of giving out an NSCDC hall to a faction of NAOSS couldn’t have known there’s a faction. The officer probably didn’t know anything. In fact, the officer was doing a favour to students as a security agency in the state. After all, students usually call for deployment of security agents during their elections and other activities.

“I beg them to leave NSCDC out of all these issues. We have no interest in who becomes what as we have nothing to gain from these groups. Let there be peace in Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole.”

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