NAUS Denounces Student Arrests: Demands Probe into EFCC's Actions

The National Association of University Students (NAUS) has fervently condemned the arrest of students at Obafemi Awolowo University by the EFCC. Over 70 students were reportedly taken from their hostels during a late-night raid, sparking outrage and demands for an investigation into the EFCC's actions. The situation has prompted calls for justice and intervention to safeguard student rights and security.

National Association of University Students Condemns EFCC's Student Arrests.

The National Association of University Students (NAUS) vehemently criticized the arrest of Obafemi Awolowo University students by the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in Osun State, labeling it as an alarming violation of student safety. The condemnation, articulated in a joint statement by NAUS officials, highlighted the EFCC's actions as reminiscent of thievery and lawlessness, asserting that the well-being of students remains their top priority.

Reports revealed that over 70 students were purportedly arrested during a late-night raid at Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Ile-Ife. The operation, occurring around 2 a.m., involved forceful entry into rooms and subsequent apprehensions. While the reasons behind the arrests remained unconfirmed, the Students’ Union President, Abass Ojo, disclosed that 72 students were taken from the premises along with their phones and cars.

Former union official Joy Abiola recounted that the students faced physical assault during the EFCC's operation, conducted at a time when only students occupied the hostels. The apparent basis for arrest centered around ownership of items like iPhones, laptops, and cars.

NAUS demanded an inquiry into the EFCC's conduct, urging President Bola Tinubu, the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, and Nigeria's President to intervene and address the agency's alleged excesses. The union explicitly stated their readiness to stage protests if a resolution is not promptly achieved.

The NAUS' strong rebuke underscores the gravity of the situation, emphasizing the imperative need for immediate governmental intervention to safeguard the rights and security of the students affected by the EFCC's actions.

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