Alleged N6.5 million fraud: Ondo State students suspend president, others

The Senate of the National Association of Ondo State Students, NAOSS, has suspended four officials of the association for alleged financial misappropriation.

This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the Senate meeting held at the
Rufus Giwa Polytechnic in Owo on August 2.

The officials suspended according to the communiqué are the president of the association, Awodola Afolayan; the secretary, Abdul-Azeez Oladotun; the financial secretary, Olaleye Olawale; and the deputy senate president, Alademehin Busuyi.

Part of the money allegedly misappropriated by the suspended officials was N1.3 million which the association received from the Ondo State scholarship board.

The students alleged that the president was only able to account for N200,000 of the sum.

The communiqué signed by Fagbemigun Israel and Adebayo Segun, Senate President and Clerk respectively was sent to the Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko.

“We however request for utmost support from the government and all law enforcement agencies as regards the new developments,” the students said.

Read full communiqué below:

The Executive Governor of
Ondo State,
Ondo State Secretariat
Alagbaka Akure.

Your Excellency,

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF NAOSS SENATE SITTING HELD ON SATURDAY, 2ND OF AUGUST AT THE RUFUS GIWA POLYTECHNIC CAMPUS, OWO

PREAMBLE

The National Association of Ondo State Student (NAOSS) is the umbrella body of all students of Ondo State origin in the tertiary institutions in Nigeria and the diaspora. While the senate is the legislative arm of the Association comprising the Presidents and Secretaries of each chapter as members otherwise known as the senators.
Time:
The senate sitting was between the hours of 10:30am and 1.30pm.
(A) SWEARING-IN OF NEW SENATORS
A total of 16 Senators were sworn-in by the Senate President, Senator Fagbemigun Israel. The newly sworn-in Senators were happy to attain the new status as it was evident from their willingness to take the oath of office.
The newly sworn-in senators are:
i. Sen. Adedugbe Gbenga – UNILAG

ii. Sen. Okeowo Olusegun M. – Fedpoly Ado

iii. Sen. Akinbebije Oloruntimilehin- Health Tech., Akure

iv. Sen. Tomomewo Emmanuel – Lautech

v. Sen. Ojamomi Fadesola – UNIJOS

vi. Sen. Kolade Paul – Coop. College Akure

vii. Sen. Okerisa Olayide T. – NOUN, Akure

viii. Sen. Obenbe Oluwaseun – Opencast Benin

ix. Sen. Akinkuotu Ebenezer – Pogil College Health

x. Sen. Iji Kelvin – Opencast Benin

xi. Sen. Ebun Oluwabukola – Mcht Health Tech, Akure

xii. Sen. Iwaluwa Kolade – NOUN, Akure

xiii. Sen. Akindele Tosin – Coop. College Akure

xiv. Sen. Olibamoyo Omotayo – Mcht Health Tech, Akure

xv. Sen. Akinrata Michael – FUTA

xvi. Sen. Ayodele Wale A. – FUTA

(B) INTRODUCTION
The Senate President, Senator Fagbemigun Israel welcomed every Senator and the members of the gallery. Thereafter, the Clerk of the Senate, Senator Adebayo Segun, read the minute of the last sitting held on Saturday 28th of June 2014, at the NAOSS National Secretariat Akure which was subsequently adopted with minor corrections.

(C) CORRESPONDENCE AND STATE OF THE ASSOCIATION
A petition dated 29th July, 2014 received by the Clerk of the Senate was read to the hearing of all Senators sited.
The petition was written by the National Vice President, Director of Socials and the P.R.O alleging that the president, the Gen Sec., and the Deputy Senate President have mismanaged and misappropriated a sum of money totaling over 6.5 million naira since the commencement of the central executive council administration.
The Senate President also gave an account of the journey so far, where he mentioned how the Senate was prevented from being inaugurated on 19th of December 2013. when the Senate-sitting at the College of Health Technology, Akure was stopped abruptly when the Executive President, his Gen. Sec. and Fin. Sec. came in company of some paid political thugs, later identified as ‘Eye confraternity’ members, beating mercilessly to the state of coma any Senator who dare challenge them on why they are preventing the Senate from being inaugurated.

Another allegation against the Aforementioned was that the they, without notification and proper disbursement as provided by the constitution received from the scholarship board a total lump sum of 1.3 million naira, the national due extracted from the bursary registration fee. The money should have being shared among the two arms, namely the executive and the legislature and the respective chapters as assistance funding.
The President only accounted for 200 thousand naira which he claimed he kept for the programme proposed to come up by September 6th 2014, without a kobo being given to the Senators and telling the Senate to go to hell and raise funds if we really care and see the need to function.
Also, it was brought to the notice of the senate that despite the warning that an illegal meeting called by the executive to totally disable the Senate was held on the 19th of July 2014, at the National Secretariat Akure, where the Executives with some unidentified paid ‘street boys’ and the Deputy Senate President purportedly impeached the Senate President. Which was a clear contradiction of the provisions of the constitution.

(D) MOTIONS AND REACTIONS.
In response to the allegations, the Senate in his entirety condemned with total dismay the unconstitutional and immoral acts of the members of the executive which are contrary to the tenants of democracy and capable of bringing the name of the Association into disrepute both within and without.

THE TWO MOTIONS
1. That the named executive members involved in the unconstitutional acts be impeached.
2. That the named executive members and some Senators involved in the unconstitutional acts be suspended indefinitely and a committee of enquiry be set-up to investigate the allegations.

ADOPTIONS
1. During voting, 25 senators voted for indefinate suspension while 1 voted against. The Senate consequently agreed to suspend the named executive members indefinitely pending the report of the committee of enquiry.
2. That the Senators who after being warned by the Senate President as to the illegality and unconstitutionality of the meeting held by the executive, still went ahead without regards to attend the said illegal meeting, are also suspended until they are remorseful enough to put forward an apology letter stating reasons why they should be admitted back to the Senate, for clarity the suspended executive members are:
i) Awodola Afolayan President
ii) Abdul-Azeez Oladotun Secretary
iii) Olaleye Olawale Financial Secretary and
iv) Alademehin Busuyi Deputy Senate President

COMMITTEES
For efficient running of the Senate, the following Committees were inaugurated.
1. Investigation and enquiry Committee
2. Publicity and communiqué committee
3. The convention planning committee
For the purpose of clarity these are the investigation and enquiry committee members.
i) Akinbebije Oloruntimehin (Chairman)

ii) Kolade Paul

iii) Olorunyomi Olorunda

iv) Iwaluwa Kolade (Secretary)

v) Olibamoyo Omotayo

For the purpose of clarity these are the publicity and communiqué committee members
i) Adedugbe Gbenga (Chairman)

ii) Akinbebije Oloruntimehin

iii) Kolade Paul

iv) Olorunda Olorunyomi

The investigation and enquiry committee and the convention planning committee were given a week (7 days) to come up with their report and submit to the Senate.

CONCLUSION.
It is our position, that the above decisions remains biding, we therefore call on the police and all relevant law enforcement agencies to be at alert to arrest with immediate effect, anyone among the above named persons as suspended, who parades himself as a leader of the association. Secondly, we demand that every property of the Association at their disposal be retrieved forthwith.
We however request for utmost support from the government and all law enforcement agencies as regards the new developments.

 

______________________ ______________________
Senator Fagbemigun Israel Senator Adebayo Segun
Senate President Clerk


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