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Fear Grips OAU Students Over EFCC Presence on Campus

EFFC Ibadan Zonal Head, Friday Ebelo, presenting EFCC Advocacy Materials to OAU VC, Professor Eyitayo Ogunbodede

By Adejumo Kabir

The students of Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile Ife, and the authority of the university are expressing divergent view over the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) visit to campus recently.

While the Vice Chancellor of the university, Eyitope Ogunbodede commended the EFCC for their fight against corruption, the students opined that the visit of the anti graft agency may lead to arrest of some of their colleagues as applicable in other campuses

A delegation from EFCC’s Ibadan zonal office had on Tuesday paid a courtesy visit to the VC engaging on necessary area of intervention.

Ogunbodede while hosting the the Head of EFCC Ibdadan Zonal, Friday Ebelo, in his office described the EFCC approach and partnership in fighting corruption as a good omen for the development of the country.

He said “When we got your letter, it was actually a surprise to us. Often times when we have people coming from the EFCC, it was just to come and investigate and find out what is happening concerning particular issues. I initially saw in your proposal another way of operating.

“But this gesture portends a very great future for this country. I am a medical person and we agree in the medical parlance that prevention is better than cure. When we take issue of fight against corruption the way you are going about it now, it is always much more productive. It is always much more enriching and at the end of the day, it makes better and easier choice for everybody.”

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“I am quite happy that this is happening. I want to welcome you and your entire team to Obafemi Awolowo University. I want to let you know that this great gesture that is coming from you is not taken for granted. We cherish it and we want to assure you that we are very eager and we are quite happy to partner with you and ensure that your mission, which is a mission that is supported by the Federal Republic of Nigeria will actually come to fruition,”.

EFCC Zonal head, Friday Ebelo, had disclosed to the Vice Chancellor that the visit was part of the vision of the acting Chairman of the ant-graft agency, Ibrahim Magu, who according to him, directed that all critical stakeholders across the country must be engaged to ensure that the anti-corruption message is effectively delivered to the citizens.

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Meanwhile, students are expressing concern that the EFCC partnership with OAU management may eventually lead to harassment on campus.

Adeyemi Ismaheel, a 400 level student of the university while speaking with Ife City News correspondent said experiences of EFCC on other campuses most often lead to violent and extortion.

He said “If the university partnership will be moderate and rewarding, it will be in the interest of all of us, but what we must never experience is a situation where the EFCC will begin to picket student hostel and create panic in the system in the name of fraudsters”

“ what happen in Osun State university recently is a clear example, most of the Nigeria security always abuse the privileges as law enforcement agents,  in the name of searching for one thing, they will result to harassment and intimidation of innocent students, I hope what the university is doing will not amount to exposing students to external attacks.”

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