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NANS President impeached after being accused of looting COVID-19 palliatives

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Tropics Nigeria gathered that the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Danielson Akpan, has been charged with financial irregularities.

Prior to his removal from office, Akpan, who took office as President of NANS in July 2018, had served beyond his 12-month term, which led to complaints from other officials and stakeholders.

Akpan was challenged and impeached by the Senate arm of the Association at an emergency meeting of the Senate on Tuesday 13 October. He was removed as the president after he was accused of financial irregularities, looting COVID-19 palliatives from students and withholding relevant information to help the organisation grow and develop the country.

He was also accused of receiving huge sums of money for COVID-19 palliatives from some government agencies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and was said to have embezzled the money.

In a statement released by NANS it said, “Mr Akpan abused his office by doing arbitrary and unlawful acts which are prejudicial to the rights of other members of the NANS all in violation of the Code of Conduct of an official 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 money as alleged but rather resorted to threatening the lives of members of the committee in an attempt to deter and intimidate them from carrying out their constitutionally mandated function and also threatened the life 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 remove the president, Mr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan from office and expel him from the Organization with immediate effect.”

A former vice-president, Chidi llogede was immediately sworn in as the president of NANS while all the association’s property and funds in possession of Mr Akpan are to be fully recovered.

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