October 20, 2020

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NANS president impeached for diverting COVID-19 palliatives

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Photo: National Association of Nigerian Students logo

The President of the National body of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Danielson Akpan, has been impeached for financial impropriety, the association has said.


Mr Akpan, who assumed office as NANS president in July 2018, has served beyond his tenure of 12 months, causing officials and other stakeholders to complain over his prolonged stay in office.

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The president’s impeachment was a part of the resolutions announced at a senate meeting held via video conferencing on Tuesday.
The Gambo Mohammed-led senate had earlier found out a committee to research allegations of misappropriation and diversion of student’s COVID-19 palliatives, levied against Mr Akpan.


However, during a statement issued on Tuesday, insidegist9ja gathered that the committee indicted the president for financial impropriety, diverting student’s COVID-19 palliatives, and concealing information relevant to assist the expansion of the organisation and therefore the development of the country.


It added that Mr Akpan “abused his office by doing arbitrary and unlawful acts which are prejudicial to the rights of other members of the NANS beat violation of the Code of Conduct of a politician of NANS as enshrined in Schedule 3 of the Constitution and Charter of Demand of NANS.”


“The former NANS President was also indicted for having not been remorseful, despite being exposed that he had received the cash as alleged but rather resorted to threatening the lives of members of the committee in an effort to discourage and intimidate them from completing their constitutionally mandated function and also threatened the lifetime of the senate president Mr. Gambo Abu Mohammed.”


“This committee recommended to senate that in exercise of the senate powers and functions encapsulated and vividly provided in Article 13 (a) of the constitution and charter of demand of NANS to get rid of the president, Mr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan from office and expel him from the Organization with immediate effect.”
His actions, consistent with the committee, had done irreparable damage to NANS and brought it to disrepute, thereby making NANS a laughing stock among reasonable persons within the society.

Mr Akpan was imagined to have received huge sums of cash from some government agencies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for student’s COVID-19 palliatives and diverted the cash. The Senate didn’t disclose the quantity of cash received.


Mr Gambo said Mr Akpan’s impeachment was wiped out exercise of the powers of the senate as contained in Article 13 of the constitution and charter of demands, the overwhelming votes of the senators and therefore the earlier vote of no confidence gone by the national executive committee.

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