An Oyo state High Court sitting in Oyo, will on Tuesday continue the hearing of the suit filed by the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, suspended principal officers against the government of Osun and Oyo States.
The four principal officers; Prof. M.L. Nassar, the Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Niyi Fehintola, the Registrar, Mr. E. A. Alagbe ,the Bursar and Dr. G. Adio, the Libarian, respectively, instituted a case, seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants, the governor of Oyo State, Oyo State government, the Attorney General of Oyo State and the Secretary to the Oyo State government from implementing or take any step to execute or enforce the contents of the letters of suspension given to them.
The suspended principal officers are challenging their suspension by the Oyo State government.
Oyo State government had suspended the principal officers last month in a letter with reference number SP/C.225/T/111, dated 27th July, 2011, signed by the Secrectary to the Oyo State government, Mr Akin Olajide.
According to the letter, the decision was taken by Oyo and Osun State governments based on the ruling of a Federal High Court restraining the principal officers of the university from parading themselves as the officers of the university.
The letter further stated that both Oyo and Osun State governments were served with the order of the interlocutory injunction granted by the court in the suit no FHC/05/CS/35/ 2011, which the two owner’ states have to obey.
The court had earlier entertained the matter on Wednesday, August 3rd, and adjourned the case to August 16, 2011, for hearing, based on the fact that the defendants were yet to be served with the writ of summons.
Before the change of government in Oyo and Osun States, the appointment of the University principal officers had been generating serious controversies, as a result of the ownership tussle between Osun and Oyo State governments.
Professor Benjamin Adeleke, the former VC is currently in court challenging his removal from office by the former Oyo State governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, 6 months before the completion of his tenure.