WE CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE ABROGATION OF THE REIGN OF THE “ARMY OF OCCUPATION” ON THE STREETS OF OSUN-STATE
Recently, the Students’ Security Committee of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife received pathetic reports of sexual harassment and physical molestation being meted on innocent students residing outside the university campus. Before hand, our attention has been drawn to the activities of men of the Osun-State’s Swift Action Squad (SAS) who have illegally extended the constitutional framework of the armed forces and the police from guaranteeing the security of lives and property to the incorporation of “cultural values”. Under the influence of security uniform, and government ill-sanctioned policy, these security personnel have been battering, insulting and molesting innocent Nigerians on the premise that they do not meet “their tastes” of good dress code, walking posture, acquisition of electronic properties, good human physique and other human factors. Sadly enough, these actions which are product of a blatant legal fallacy have been extended to the innocent and defenseless students who have stayed in Ife for SIWES or medical students’ extension. First we reject the continuation of such actions. We term these actions sanctioned by the Osun State government and as perpetrated by security personnel majorly drawn from the armed force as illegal, unwarranted and superfluous.
Our rejection of this unnecessary and unlawful military attacks on ordinary citizens, especially students, is predicated on reasons ranging from legal logic to moral fallacies. Obviously the Nigeria constitution has made no equivocal error in defining the operational frame-work of