The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has stated the reason why he ordered arrest of some lecturers of Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu Ijebu, in the state.
The Governor admitted that the five lecturers were arrested on his order because they disrupted the matriculation ceremony in the institution under the guise of protesting non-payment of their salaries and arrears.
Abiodun, speaking at a function in Abeokuta yesterday,said hereceived information that the TASCE staff invaded the institution and caused a commotion at the matriculation venue, and he promptly ordered their arrest by calling the CP and they said they kidnapped the provost.
“Just five of them were arrested and since then, peace has returned to that college of education.My government will not tolerate nonsensical act. I didn’t arrest them for no reason,” he said.
The governor, who also added that students of the college had already taken laws into their own hands by beating the lecturers before the arrival of security personnel, did not did not, however, disclose whether or not he also ordered their arraignment.
It would be recalled that five lecturers of the institution were arrested on September 11 before an Ogun State Magistrates Court for alleged robbery, assault and others.
One of the arraigned lecturers, Daniel Aborisade, said “Governor Abiodun arrested and arraigned us so that we don’t talk about our unpaid salaries.”
“As of today, Dapo Abiodun government just paid half salary of only May and June 2019, he is yet to pay the balance of May and June and we have not received July and August as of Sunday, September 15.We were owed 57 months salary by OGD and Amosun administrations, Dapo Abiodun promised to pay us instrumentally, but nothing has been done on it. The allegations against us are not true,”Aborisade added.