UNIOSUN Protests: DSS Attacks Union Leaders

Tension is currently brewing in Osogbo, Osun state after some officers of the Department of State Security in the state allegedly attacked some workers of the Osun State University, Osogbo during a protest.

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The members of the non-teaching staff of the University had gathered at the University Guest House, Olu Alabi Way, Opposite Ilelabo, G.R.A. Oke Fia, Osogbo to solidarise with some of their union leaders who had been purportedly suspended and asked to appear before the Staff Disciplinary Committee of the school.

When the union leaders and other members stormed the building where the members of the committee were, some heavily armes DSS officers were said to have prevented some of the leaders from gaining entry into the guest house despite telling the security personnel that they were invited.

In the midst of this confusion, an officer of the DSS was said to have brutalised the treasurer of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Comrade Hameed Owoh.

Owoh, who was bleeding from his forehead and nose after the officer kicked him with boots lost consciousness.
He was later rushed to a nearby private hospital where he was resuscitated and treated.

This development almost led to a clash between the workers and the team of security agencies including DSS and Police that were deployed to the Guest House.

When he returned to the venue of his attack, Owoh said he was unjustly brutalised by the DSS officer for making attempt to gain entry into the guest house where the disciplinary committee were sitting.

“Having been summoned to appear before the Staff Disciplinary Committee by the management, I arrived the venue around 9am and while trying to move to the gate with someone of my colleagues, some heavily armed DSS officers attacked us and one of them hit my fore head and nose with his boot.

“Blood started gushing out from my head and nose and I fainted. I was rushed to Ifeoluwa hospital where I regained consciousness and treated. I was giving some drugs too. If I was not invited, I would not be there so I wonder why they attacked me.

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