Court Remands Ex-OAU VC In Prison As Students Goes Violent

Justice David Oladimeji of the Osun State High sitting in Ede has ordered that Professor Anthony Elujoba, a former acting VC standing trial for alleged financial misappropriation be remanded at the Ilesha prison pending ruling on his bail application.

The Economic and financial crime commission had last Friday arraigned prof Elujoba and the bursar of the institution Ronke Akeredolua on a 7 count charge bothering on financial impropriety.

Counsel to the defendants Ibrahim Lawal had at the last sitting filed an application for bail, which was opposed by the EFCC counsel Festus Ojo, who argued that granting the prayer would not be in the interest of justice.

Justice Oladimeji after listening to the argument from both sides on why the bail application should be granted or not, adjourned ruling on the application till next Tuesday, July, the 19.

Meanwhile, the premises of the Osun state high court in Ede where a former acting VC of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ife, Professor Anthony Elujoba is standing trial for alleged financial misappropriation was thrown into disarray this morning.

Workers and students of the institution who were in court for solidarity betrayed emotions and went haywire after the presiding judge Justice David Oladimeji ordered Prof. Elujoba to be remanded at the Ilesha prison, pending ruling on his bail application.

The visibly angry staff and students of OAU besieged the court premises pouncing on anyone perceived to be in tune with the EFCC action against the former VC.

For several hours and still counting the protesters took over the court premises chanting anti-judicial and pro-Elujoba songs.

They vowed to resist the remand order and also promised to storm the Ilesha Prison, where the defendants were ordered to be sent to.

Some of them who spoke with newsmen claimed Prof. Elujoba is not guilty of all the offenses brought against and demand his release.

As at press time, the demonstration was still on.