Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC for the Edo state governorship election has admitted being a member of the Pyrates Confraternity as a scholar of the College of Benin, UNIBEN whereas refuting claims that he poured acid on a scholar.
He made the assertion whereas reacting to accusations he poured acid on a scholar throughout an altercation when he was an undergraduate on the establishment.
In the course of the 2016 governorship electioneering, a former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, had throughout marketing campaign alleged that Ize-Iyamu, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Get together in that election, poured acid on a scholar.
However in a web-based tv programme monitored in Benin Metropolis on Sunday, Ize-Iyamu mentioned he drew the eye of the then UNIBEN administration to the plight of the scholar.
Ize-Iyamu, who mentioned he ensured the scholar received first support remedy, nonetheless, mentioned himself and others linked to the incident had been rusticated as a result of the id of the perpetrator was by no means identified.
He mentioned he gained admission into the College of Benin in 1980 to learn Political Science, however later modified to legislation and didn’t graduate till 1986 as a result of he was rusticated for about two years.
“Once I was within the college, I used to be a member of the Pyrates Confraternity. At the moment, we didn’t take a look at it as a cult association however some individuals had been already coming in with tendencies to create issues. We had this very confrontational group and one night, someone reported to us that they beat up a ultimate yr scholar who was additionally near us and so they talked about the names of these concerned, and we mentioned no, that is unhealthy.
“Don’t additionally overlook too that I used to be a college students’ union chief, very distinguished within the college students’ union congress. So, myself and a few individuals who heard about this grievance mentioned let’s go and see the individuals involved and discuss to them.
“We went there and met with the individuals involved. They opened the door for us and we had been discussing the matter below a really cordial ambiance just for some individuals to return in and earlier than we knew it, there was smoke in the entire place and someone shouted acid and was screaming. It was then I realised that someone has poured acid on someone and I shortly rushed to the safety publish. I introduced them in and we took the younger man to get first support remedy.
“After all, the varsity arrange an inquiry, and the individual that was affected admitted that I used to be the one who introduced safety brokers and that I used to be capable of take him in for medical consideration. I requested who poured it and he mentioned he didn’t know.
“He mentioned he knew the face however didn’t know his identify and no one appeared to know the identify and the college mentioned because you individuals don’t wish to point out the identify, we’re going to sanction all of you. Earlier than we knew it, they expelled us.
“The explanation they gave was that they expelled us for belonging to a proscribed organisation. However the lengthy and in need of it’s that we had been on it for 2 years until 1986 when the Senate held a gathering and mentioned these guys have been punished sufficient, that if you happen to take a look at the information, they weren’t the one which dedicated what occurred, so, we had been referred to as again, graduated after which went to the Legislation Faculty.”
Culled from The Punch