The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the September 19 Governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has confessed being a member of the Pyrates Confraternity during his undergraduate days in the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
He also admitted that himself and some of his colleagues were rusticated because the identity of the culprit, who allegedly poured acid on a student’s private part was never known.
According to the APC flagbearer, he gained admission into the University of in 1980 to read Political Science, disclosed that he later changed to law and did not graduate until 1986.
It will be recalled, Ize-Iyamu membership of a cult group was elaborately used against during the 2016 governorship electioneering campaign by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. He vehemently told electors in Edo State that as a cultist, Ize-Iyamu who was then the flagbearer of PDP, as student poured acid on the private part of another student which eventually rendered the victim impotent for life.
Ize-Iyamu, buttressing his innocence disclosed on Sunday that after the urgly incident that made him spent extra two years in school, he reported the plight of the injured student to the then Administration of the institution.
Ize-Iyamu said he ensured the student got first aid treatment, however, said himself and others linked to the incident were rusticated on the grounds that the culprit was not known.
The APC Governorship candidate stressed, “When I was in the university, I was a member of the Pyrates Confraternity. At that time, we did not know such group as a cult arrangement per se, but some people were already coming in with tendencies to create problems. We had this very confrontational group and one evening, somebody reported to us that a final year student who was very close to us was beaten up beat up, and we heard of those involved we went to meet them, because we believed such attitude was bad.
“Don’t also forget too that I was a students’ union leader, very prominent in the students’ union congress. So, myself and some persons who heard about this complaint said let’s go and see the people concerned and talk to them.
“We went there and met with the people concerned. They opened the door for us and we were discussing the matter under a very cordial atmosphere only for some people to come in and before we knew it, there was smoke in the whole place and somebody shouted acid and was screaming. It was then I realised that somebody has poured acid on somebody and I quickly rushed to the security post. I brought them in and we took the young man to get first aid treatment.
“Of course, the school set up an inquiry, and the person that was affected admitted that I was the one who brought security agents and that I was able to take him in for medical attention. I asked who poured it and he said he didn’t know.
“He said he knew the face but didn’t know his name and nobody appeared to know the name and the university said since you people don’t want to mention the name, we are going to sanction all of you. Before we knew it, they expelled us.
“The reason they gave was that they expelled us for belonging to a proscribed organisation. But the long and short of it is that we were on it for two years till 1986 when the Senate held a meeting and said these guys have been punished enough, that if you look at the records, they were not the one that committed what happened, so, we were called back, graduated and then went to the Law School.”