By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
A magistrate court sitting in Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Thursday, remanded a former President of the Students’ Union Government of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Oyekan Ibukun, in prison over the alleged theft of funds from the account of the union, which now has new leadership.
Oyekan was said to be the president of the union and a medical student in 2017, but was impeached for allegedly sponsoring a cult attack on fellow students. He was also alleged to have transferred a sum of N720,000 from the union’s account to the bank account of one Bello Oyekunle Azeez, on April 8, 2022.
Speaking on the incident, the financial secretary of the union, Oluwasegun Abiola, in a statement, said: “On receiving the alert of the money withdrawn, I reached out to the President and Secretary-General if they received the debit mail but they didn’t receive any mail surrounding the transaction. Having raised an alarm about the whole issue, it got to some set of people whose aim is to talk down on the elected union officers or the office of the Financial Secretary.
“On Tuesday, April 12, the bank manager contacted me to inform me that the transaction was initiated by a so-called Ibukun Oyekan (Dr. Ibk), and he further buttressed that I should come over to get a detailed report of their investigation.”
Oyekan was arrested on Wednesday by the OAU Security Department and transferred to Moore police station for further investigations.
He was charged to court on Thursday before Magistrate A.A. Ayeni of the Magistrate Court 3, Ile-Ife, with charges of conspiracy to steal, and stealing.
Oyekan, who pleaded not guilty, was remanded in Kosere Prison, Ile-Ife, following his failure to meet the bail conditions. The case was subsequently adjourned till April 26.