The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said lecturers beaten and injured during the invasion of the Ipetumodu campus of the Osun State University by some personnel of the Nigerian Air Force will not appear before the panel set up to investigate the attack.
The Coordinator of Ibadan Zone of ASUU, Dr. Ade Adejumo, said in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday, that the union would not support its members to appear before the panel right inside the Air Force barracks.
Some armed personnel of the NAF Safety Institute in Ipetumodu had on May 23 invaded the campus and injured 11 students as well as lecturers including the Vice-Chairman of ASUU in the university, Dr. Femi Abanikanda.
The ASUU coordinator said the panel ought to have chosen a neutral place for its sittings to assure other parties in the matter of their safety.
Adejumo said instituting a legal action against the NAF was one of the options the union might take to ensure justice was done in the matter.
He said ASUU would not allow the attacks on its members to go unchallenged.
He said, “The local branch of ASUU at the university cannot file a legal action against NAF without proper clearance from the national secretariat but we are in the process of doing that. We are in the process of instituting a legal action against the Air Force on the matter.”
Adejumo said it was wrong for the panel set up by the NAF to invite victims of the attack to appear before it right inside the barracks, saying they could be attacked again.
The ASUU coordinator said, “I got information that the Air Force invited our members, who were injured during the attack on the campus to appear before the panel right inside the Air Force base, we feel that, that is not safe.
“They could be attacked there again. It is like asking a sheep to go to the lion’s den. If there is going to be anything like that, I believe it should be done at a neutral ground.
“Our members will not appear before that panel. The vice-chairman of ASUU, who was battered by the Air Force men, has said he will not attend the panel right inside the barracks and we support this. Except they assure him and other victims that nothing will happen to them but the Air Force has not done this.”
The ASUU boss said this just as the Deputy Coordinator of National Association of Nigerian Students in the South-West, Mr. Saheed Afolabi, also said the association might sue NAF over the alleged unprovoked attacks on students of the university by the military personnel.