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Exclusive: Staff Unions Cries Out To Lagos State Gov. Ambode As LASPOTECH Rector Approved N6,450,000.00 For The Purchase Of State Arms And Ammunition [Document Inserts, Must Read]

His Excellency,
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode,
Governor, Lagos State,

Dear sir,                                                                                                                 

9th June, 2017.


We are using this medium to plead with the Moderator of Lagos State Polytechnic and Governor of Lagos State- Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to quickly intervene, investigate and liberate the staff , pensioners and students of Lagos State Polytechnic from constant security harassments at the instance of the rector, Mr Oluyinka Samuel Sogunro.
The staff and students have been at the mercy of the gun-toting security guards since the current administration assumed office. Students are always escorted out of the campuses with guns and siren like common criminals and equally molested in the name of dress code meant for adults of  a tertiary institution ages.
Sir, it will interest you to know that, on Tuesday, 8th November, 2016 when the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) was having a meeting with Governing Council on the implementation of CONTISS 15 Migration, , the rector ordered the Onyabo Vigilante group and a dispatched of a police van to swoop on the staff inside the Ikorodu campus, owing to what the rector termed as ‘unruly behavior’ of his staff. The confrontation was so fierce that it took the intervention of well-meaning senior staff to avert bloodshed.
Subsequently, the militarization of the campuses received a boost when the rector approved the purchase of fifteen (15) magnum series of semi-automatic pump action guns through the BLACK MARKET to the tune of Six Million , Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand naira (N6, 450, 000) in addition to the 25 pieces of existing guns on campus, and also recruited OPC members and many other untrained hands to carry arms on the campuses. This singular action increased panic and defiance actions amongst the staff and students. It is however sad to know that, an institution that could not afford to buy consumables for students’ practical across departments , expended a whooping N6,450,000 on unlicensed guns to ‘terrorize’ its staff and students from the students’ acceptance levy. These guns were later discovered from a grapevine to have been bought by the Deputy Rector (Administration)- Dr Ola Olateju.
In the wake of the industrial face-off between the Sogunro led Management and the labour Unions, the rector had unleashed the Department of State Security and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on the Non Academic Staff Union Executives under the pretense that he was going to be kidnapped. Sogunro robed his staff members with kidnapping and attempted murder cases and walks freely touting his regular threat- “if you stand on my way, I will crush you.”
The height of Sogunro’s penchant for militocracy was exhibited on Wednesday, 7th June, 2017 when soldiers from 174 battalion, Odogunyan invaded the peaceful demonstration of the Non Academic staff and students respectively, and brutalized the defenseless citizens. The school Management had fabricated different stories to cover up the dastardly act and paint the demonstrators bad, but the true confession of the Nigerian Army spokesperson, eyewitness reports, pictures and video footages vindicate the protesters.
To this end, we condemn in totality the preference for illegal acquisition of guns to meaningful academic needs, naked display of arms on our campuses, brazen and flagrant use of military force to evacuate the students from campuses daily, harassment by both the internal and external security agents, militarization/invasion of our campuses and despotic style of leadership of the rector.
We call on the Governor to investigate all these aforementioned security breaches, especially the ruthless and bestial invasion of Wednesday, 7th that led to infliction of pains, brutality, wanton destruction of properties, disruption of business activities of Lambo Lasunwon community, molestation of innocent students and staff in their hostels and homes, etc. Sanctions should be appropriately meted out to anybody found culpable to avoid the reoccurrence of such undemocratic act in future and serve as a deterrent to undemocratic tendencies.
Attached herewith are documents to support our claims.
Thank you in anticipation of positive intervention sir.

Oluyinka S. Uthman   
General Secretary, 
Akinrinlola Ibitoye
ASUP Chairman, ASUP

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