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AAUASU BUS SCANDAL: Welfare Director admits allegations, SU President, Transport Committee Chairman, Others Absent At Court Proceeding

•Counsel to Faculty of Law, Fayehun Kosope•

- Damilola Olufemi, Daniel Afolabi

The Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State Students Judicial Council has began the proceeding of the file suit with the file number SJC/18/101, submitted before it by Senator Olotupa-Adetona Ayowole who is the Faculty of Law Caucus Leader and Plaintiff to the students union bus which was allegedly sold by some SEC and SRC members without the prior notice of the student union arms.

The defendants of the suit filed are the Student Union President, Temitope Eyinla; Senate President, Lawan Ademola Abdullah; SRC Transport Committee Chairman, Sen. Adanlawo Sandra; and the Welfare Director of the Union, Otse Hassan.

It will be recalled that last week, the plaintiff submitted a letter to the SJC dragging the four individuals mentioned earlier above to court on the basis of selling the Students Union Shuttle for the sum of #200,000 which is:

• Usurpation of power of the student union

• Failure to involve the student committee in their decision, amongst other reasons.

While the Senate President was said to be present earlier before the commencement of the proceeding, he later left. The Student Union President, Transport Committee Chairman were said not to have shown up, leaving only the welfare director present throughout the proceeding.

When asked by the Faculty of Law Counsel, Fayehun Mosope about the #1.3 million given to the students union through the transport committee, the Welfare Director while standing in the dock said it he was not aware of such as he questioned the counsel with "By who?. Since I don't know, you should be able to tell me"

On why there was no counsel for the Welfare Director, the Welfare Director said he decided not to get a lawyer, he would act as a lawyer of himself.

The Welfare Director addressed that after he was handed over to on the 22nd of May, 2018, one of the properties handed over to him are two students union buses in which one of the buses was in bad shape and despite all efforts to make the bus work, it proved futile.

The idea of selling the shuttle bus was pushed forward by the Chairman of Transport Committee who suggested a sale of the bus to repair the old ones on ground.

In his explanation of whom the bus was sold to, Otse Hassan said it was sold to one Mr. Ojo (a man he trued hard to remember his full name because it's a Yoruba name) at a cost of two hundred thousand naira, which part of the money (#200,000) was used to get tires and some parts for the old bus.

On the account of whom the #200,000 transaction was made to, Otse Hassan made it known that the money wasn't sent to the Union's account, but his own account. He however assure to present receipts of payment of the equipments purchased for the old bus.

The case has been adjourned till week Friday 19th, October, 2018.

Meanwhile, neither the Students Union President, Senate President, nor the Transport Committee Chairman has publicly reacted, spoken, or contacted press men on the allegations levelled against them.

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