FCE(T) Crisis: DSS Raids Akoka Staff Quarters, Abducts Deputy Registrar

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Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) stormed the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka Senior Staff Quarters in Yaba, Lagos, in the early hours of Thursday, July 11, 2024, and violently abducted Mr. Chris Olamiju, a Deputy Registrar and prominent leader in the ongoing protests against Provost Dr. Wahab Ademola Azeez.

Eyewitnesses described the raid as a “Gestapo-style” operation, during which Mr. Olamiju was severely assaulted, and his personal belongings, including documents, phones, and laptops, were confiscated.

The incident has left his family, including his wife and children, traumatized and disoriented.

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Meanehile in a statement today, The College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has condemned the raid, stating, “WE SAY NO TO TYRANNY, OPPRESSION, INJUSTICE, AND INTIMIDATION!” and demanding Olamiju’s immediate and unconditional release.

The union appealed to the Director-General of the DSS, the Minister of Education, National Assembly, the President of Nigeria, and all well-meaning Nigerians to intervene swiftly, warning that the incident could escalate into widespread strikes among staff at FCE(T) Akoka and other Federal and State Colleges of Education across Nigeria.

The raid occurred despite the presence of the Chairman and members of the Governing Council at the college on a fact-finding mission aimed at resolving the ongoing protests.

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The union described the incident as a “profound disrespect” towards the Council members and a demonstration of Dr. Azeez’s “arrogance and disdain” towards staff members and those in positions of authority.

The crisis at FCET Akoka has been ongoing for six weeks, with staff protesting allegations of administrative and financial misconduct against Provost Azeez.

 

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