From Osakhare Erese Asaba
Family members of one Osula Enahoro, a 500 level student of the Department of Civil Engineering, Delta State University, Oleh Campus, have described his rustication, arrest and detention allegedly by the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Okpanam, as a case of oppression.
Speaking to our reporter, a family member, Joy Osula, wondered why Daniel’s outspokenness got him into the mess, saying that he is innocent of any crime leveled against him.
She said, inter-alia: “Our leaders must learn to do things right. My brother likes things to be done rightly. He cried out in his own way and now he has been unjustly punished”.
On his part, Daniel’s elder brother, Kress, disclosed that attempts were being made to secure his release, adding that they were told that he would be released when they (family members) provide a surety, even though they had yet to be briefed on his offence.
It was learnt that, Daniels ordeal began in his final year when the Head of Department, names withheld, allegedly extorted money from students for the purpose of facilitating the execution of their project work. Daniel is said to have reluctantly paid the money.
Daniel was said to have reported the issue to the university authorities but nothing was done.
According to him, the university management set up a panel that met with him severally to address the issue, but nothing positive came out of the panel’s submission.
The management, however, directed Daniel to spend an extra year in school, even though he (Daniel) argued that he did not fail the course.
It was gathered that the HOD alleged that Daniel threatened him several times, which led to several invitations to him from the DSS for questioning. Daniel, it was also learnt, was rusticated in his 500 level for allegedly breaching the matriculation oath.
His offence, our reporter gathered, was sharing his ordeal on his Facebook timeline. His rustication occurred after he paid his fees for the extension to re-seat for the said course. A chat with an official of the Student Union Government, SUG, of the institution who did not want his name mentioned, claimed that Daniel was misled.
According to him, he was supposed to write to the university management rather than going public with the issue.
“The HOD and Daniel were invited to a panel and both questioned”. Asked whether Daniel deserved the punishment meted on him, the SUG official said: “the school has regulations. Ignorance is not an excuse. He should not have defamed the university”.
He, however, said that the present SUG leaders would not sit down and allow any student of the university have his or her rights trampled on under any guise, while denying a total grasp of the issues playing out regarding the arrest and subsequently detention.
The Dean of Student Affairs, of the University, Professor Augustus Atubi, confirmed the incident, adding that Daniel’s action by going on Facebook to narrate his ordeal was a breach of the students Matriculation Oath.
He blamed him for going on Facebook to narrate his ordeal, adding that Daniel could have reported the issue to the university’s Students’ Affairs Division rather than go on social media to defame the university.