The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife, through the vice chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, has cancelled the suspension it placed on two of its students, Omole Ibukun and Oluwalade Babatunde over power outage protest in 2017.
The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has called off the suspension placed on two of the students since 2017
Eyitope Ogunbodede, the vice chancellor of the university, made the announcement in a meeting convened by the Dean of Students Affairs (DSA), Isiaka Aransi, with other officers of the institution.
Premium Times reported that Omole Ibukun, a final year student of Civil Engineering and Oluwalade Babatunde, a 300 level student of English were suspended after their involvement in the power outage protest in October, 2017.
He also ordered the reactivation of the online E-portal of other four students; Kazeem Olalekan, Oyedeji Samson, Gbenga Oloniniran, and Afolabi Samuel.
The VC said: “I have no interest in the victimisation of any student. I love a vibrant union but it should be done in a right manner.” He further highlighted that the university is not interested in jailing the students.
He further remarked: “We will like to establish that the university is not in anyway interested in the victimisation of students and we never charged any of our students to court. It was done by the state. We want our students to be of good character for smooth running of activities.”
However, the VC stressed the resolve to lift the ban on union activities. With regards to other former union executives who fought over fund in 2017, Tosin Jacob and Adedayo Emmanuel, Ogunbodede said they have been placed on suspension for two semesters.
Moreover, Ogunbodede stated: “We cannot compromise the suspension of those who brought national disgrace to the school.” However, reacting to this, one of the reinstated student, Omole Ibukun, said, “It is not yet a victory until we are rid of victimisation and repression on Nigerian campuses, especially in OAU.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the authorities of OAU, Ile Ife, had reportedly suspended Professor Richard Akindele indefinitely for allegedly demanding sensual pleasure from a student.
NAIJ.com gathered that this decision was taken by the committee set up by the institution to look into the issue on Wednesday, April 18.
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