Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Implementation Committee, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, says there are no erstwhile militant students enrolled at the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State.
According to him, the students erroneously referred to as militants in the fracas that happened in the institution on Sunday, are beneficiaries of the Federal Government Scholarship Scheme under the Implementation of the Niger Delta Master-Plan.
He has also described the bedlam, where over 50 cars were vandalised as “a mere misunderstanding” among students, which was blown out of proportion by the media.
Kuku, who was at the institution following claims of heavy casualty and alleged beheading of two students, said the “mere misunderstanding among students” has since been resolved.
After a closed-door meeting with the benefiting students and authorities of the institution led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, Kuku insisted that no life was lost and that the toga of an former militants ascribed to the students was vexatious and provocative.
“One very clear clarification must be made and that is we don’t have amnesty beneficiaries or erstwhile militants on this campus. I have said this severally, I am Mr. President’s Adviser on Niger Delta in terms of development, be it for youth or women. The Ministry of Niger Delta handles interventional programmes on behalf of Mr. President in the region. I have come here to meet with the university management and students over what I have heard that happened on the campus. For me it is a mere misunderstanding and my students are here on the platform of the Office of the Special Adviser on Niger Delta, not Amnesty Programme”, he stated.
He continued: “I have deemed it necessary to come and see the students because of the misconception spread in some sections of the media. My amnesty trainees are not here. Those ones are in vocational programmes in and outside the country, so it is this double-barrel status I have that is affecting my innocent students.
Osaghae, who said the clash can best be described as “two fighting among students,” added that normalcy had since retuned to the institution, and “we have rules and regulations here, which we have used to bring the situation to normal”.