Olatunbosun Adeoti, a son of the Secretary to the State Government of Osun State, Moshood Adeoti, has been accused of spearheading violent attacks on various targets at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday, the spokesperson for the school, Lekan Fadeyi, said the younger Adeoti, a 500-level student of Civil Engineering, led an attack on the Division of Students Affairs, as well as on other students and staff last Thursday.
The Thursday violence, which involved deadly weapons and charms, according to Mr Fadeyi and various students, followed the Students’ Union elections held on the campus last Tuesday.
The victims of the attack were said to have been rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Mr Fadeyi said: “The truth remains that a certain group of students who are clearly in the minority wanted to start trouble in the aftermath of the students’ union election which held peacefully on Tuesday, June 13, 2018. The exercise held in the full glare of all students and security operatives and was pronounced, fair, transparent and conclusive.
“Though unrecognised by the university management, four political groups: Liberal Vanguard (LV), The Group, Democratic Social Movement (DSM) and National Liberty Vanguard (NLV), participated in the election in which ten positions were contested for while the remaining three were declared unopposed.”
“The electoral committee was chaired by Amao Akeem, a 500-Level student of Transport Management, who is a member of the NLV, the group that is now behind what is now being termed ‘fire’. He did not only sign the results sheets, including the three positions in which his group was returned unopposed, in the presence of other students and security agents, but went ahead to announce other results aside that of the president which his group lost to LV and insisted on having through the back door.
“It therefore came as a surprise to other students and workers of the university when on Wednesday, June 14, another member of the NLV, who had actually served as the immediate past Speaker of the Students’ Representative Council, Olatunbosun Adeoti, also a member of the NLV, a 500-Level student of Civil Engineering, led thugs carrying guns and machetes to foul peace by invading the office of the Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, on the university campus. Security reports had it that he had also laid ambushed along with other members of his group on the residence of the lecturer the previous night, threatening to kill him or any member of his family that comes to sight.”
He said the group had earlier laid ambush on the residence of the Acting Dean of Students Affairs, Sunday Adewale, on the night of the election threatening to kill him and members of his family.
Mr Adewale also spoke with PREMIUM TIMES.
“They came to my office; and the previous night, I got information that they had laid siege to my house,” Mr Adewale said. “Because they didn’t succeed in that, they now came to my office. Police actually took the picture of where they shot at the school gate before arresting them.”
“They have been doing this for long and not limited to the university alone. There was a time they went to attack people at Bowen. To the extent that the university wrote to us and I went there to prostrate.”
He said the SSG, Mr Adeoti. is aware of his son’s conducts and does not support him.
“The father through one of my friends called me on the day of the incident and he condemned that act. He is fully aware of his action. The man is a complete gentleman.”
However, when PREMIUM TIMES asked if the SSG has been written to officially, the Dean said the public holidays have not permitted them to do so.
“He called to condemn the act but the holidays have not allowed us to formally write him,” he said.
Many students alleged Mr Adeoti and his colleagues to be cultists.
A student of the school, Akintunde Collins, said the violence ensued because Mr. Adeoti’s political group lost the presidential office.
“This whole violence ensued because his (Adeoti) political group (NLV) lost the presidential office to the other political group,” he said.
All efforts to reach the accused were unsuccessful as his mobile number has been switched off since the day of the violence.
The Oyo State police spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, did not answer several calls placed to his phone. He also did not respond to our text message.
However, students told this newspaper Mr Adeoti and others arrested had been released by the police.
“I saw him yesterday,” a student said. “He has been released. LAUTECH politics is a true reflection of the Nigeria politics. They could sacrifice the students at the altar of a few greedy individuals”.