The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to probe the management of Nigerian Air Force over alleged assault inflicted on staff and students of Osun State University.
To this end, the House resolved to summon the Chief of Air Staff, Air Commodore Sadiq Abubakar to appear before its Committee on Air Force.
The member representing Obokun/Oriade federal constituency, Hon. Busayo Oluwole Oke in a called for the intervention of the House.
According to him, the personnel of the Nigerian Air Force Safety Institute, Ipetu-Ijesa Osun State, had on Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017 invaded the Ipetu-Ijesa campus of Osun State University and used guns, clubs, knives and other lethal weapons to attack students of the University, leaving numerous persons severely injured and later hospitalised.
“The House notes that as a result of the fear and apprehension that gripped the University community following the assault, the university had to be closed down for a week and the students were forced to embark on unplanned journeys that subjected them to avoidable hazards and inconveniences.
“The House observed that the action of the personnel of the Air Force is a throwback to the abusive patterns and behaviours of security forces during the bygone military era and amounted to a gross violation of the right to the dignity of the human person enshrined in section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999,” he noted.
Oke who is also the chairman, House Committee on Public Procurement, noted that; “if urgent steps are not taken to address these concerns, security personnel could become emboldened to indiscriminate use of force to settle personal scores which will lead to a breakdown of law and civilized behavior that govern the society.”
To this end, the House mandated the Committee on Air Force to investigate the alleged assault on the students and staff of Ipetu-Ijesa campus of Osun State University by personnel of Nigerian Air Force Safety Institute, Ipetu-Ijesa Osun State, and report back within six weeks for further legislative action.