OAU Suspends Convocation Amidst ‘Workers Strike’

The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have postponed the 43rd convocation of the university earlier scheduled for December 13 to 16, 2017.

This was contained in a release on Wedneaday by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, who stated that the postponment was unavoidable.

He said, “Due to unforseen development occasioned by the ongoing national strike action of the non-teaching staff unions of universities, it has become imperative for the authorities of the OAU to postpone our 43rd convocation.

“The non-definite date for the suspension of the strike action has made the suspension of the 43rd convocation of the university an unavoidable alternative.

“University management regrets any inconveniences that the postponement might have caused the general public, most especially our invited guests, the graduating students, their parents and guardians, friends and well wishers, the alumni, lovers of Great Ife and all other stakeholders.”

It will be recalled that the non-teaching staff unions of universities, comprising the Non Teaching Staff Union, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University and National Association of Academic Technologists have embarked on an indefinite strike action against the Federal Government over an alleged disparity in the disbursement of Earned Allowance to all the staff unions in Nigerian universities.

Earlier, the withdrawal of services of the members of these unions had compelled the management of the OAU to ask its students to proceed on “End of the Year” break.

OAU Suspended Student Activists Threaten Legal Action

Students Activists recently suspended by the authority of Obafemi Awolowo University over what it termed criminal activities might result to legal action, as they threatened to drag the university to court if it failed to reinstate them unconditionally. Counsel to the students, Abiona Saheed, a Human Right lawyer from Alfred Adegoke Chambers in a letter directed to the university management demanded immediate reinstatement of the suspended students.

 

The letter dated 25th of October and made available to our reporter, argued that the suspension of the students amount to “flagrant violation of their fundamental rights as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

The letter also asserted that suspended Omole Ibukun, a final year student of department of Civil Engineering was not on campus as claimed by the management on the day of the alleged protest adding that he was in Osogbo for a private family engagement.

 

The letter also warned the university to reinstate the students or face court action.

 

“Take notice that in the event of your failure to accede to the provision of our demands, our client shall have no other option than to take all available democratic and legal actions to enforce his constitutionally entrenched right”.

 

Meanwhile, the university Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju in his response said the law firm cannot compel the university to undo what have been done.

 

It would be recall that OAU management suspended four students, Omole Ibukun, John Udeh, Babatunde Oluwalade and Jacob Grace for protesting against blackout on campus, which the institution tagged criminal activities pending police investigation.

OAU SU Demands Reinstatement Of Suspended Students

By Adejumo Kabir

The Students Union of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has demanded an end to the era of victimisation of student activists on campus on account of expression of their grievances and dissatisfaction over the current situation on campus.

The union made the demand at a press conference in Osogbo, where it called for the unconditional reinstatement of the recently suspended students.
The Students are Omole Ibukun Ayodele, of the Department of Civil Engineering; Jacob Tosin, Faculty of Law; Udeh John, Department of Arts and Social Sciences and Oluwalade Babatunde, Department of English.

Oyekan Ibukun, the President of the Students Union said the suspended students did not commit any criminal offence as alleged by the school management, saying, the vandalisation claims by the school management were not true.

He said, “The leadership of Obafemi Awolowo University Students’ Union and the entire students of the university hereby use this medium to vehemently condemn the illegal and unjustifiable suspension of four undergraduate and two postgraduate students of the OAU by the management.

”We use this medium to debunk lies and subterfuges that have been made against our members. It must be clearly asserted at this point in time that students only embarked on a peaceful protest and what followed was their indefinite suspension from the University.

“On the foregoing, the Union hereby demands the immediate and unconditional reinstatement of both undergraduate and postgraduate students that were suspended by the Management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

“We demand an end to era of victimisation of student activists on campus on account of expression of their grievances and dissatisfaction over the current state of campus”
The union also demanded that the university management should call the leadership of Postgraduate students as well as students’ union to a roundtable discussion which must lead to the quick, immediate and unconditional reinstatement of students on suspension and resolve other issues.

However, the University management through a press release signed by the University Registrar, Dotun Awoyemi stated that the students were suspended for criminal activities, breach of the code of conduct of the university community and violation of their matriculation oath. The release further stated that the students suspended were not first offenders.

The university management stated that the suspension was necessary as they had no option than to take decisive action to forestall a total breakdown of law and order.
Dotun Awoyemi concluded the release by advising law-abiding students to concentrate on their studies and shun any act or utterance capable of elongating the academic calendar beyond the stipulated period.

The Vice President of the Union, Tosin Jacob, who had earlier been suspended alongside the Director of Socials, Adedayo Afolabi has issued another letter, warning her to vacate the institution and not to join any protest again, except she wants to be fully rusticated.

 

OAU: Awo Hall Executive Renders Stewardship

By Kabir Adejumo

The Executive Council of Awolowo Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has rendered its account of stewardship to residents of the hall as harmattan semester runs out.

This was contained in a statement obtained by OSUN DEFENDER Campus Review signed by the hall chairman and hall secretary, Samuel Olayemi and Olakanmi Abdullahi respectively, explaining that their initial promises to be committed to struggle for the interests of Awoites and restoring sanity to the most radical hall in the university remains intact.

The hall executive said after serious agitations and deliberations over water challenges,  water supply has been restored to Awo Hall Annex.

Part of the release read, “We are pleased to inform all Awoites that as part of our promises during the campaign that alternative water supply would be put in place, management has completed work on the borehole project at block 7 of Obafemi Awolowo hall and the borehole project commenced work on Friday, August 18th, 2017 and the water is drinkable.

“In a bid to remain committed to our electoral promises of providing alternating solution to water supply in the hall we would love to inform the generality of Awoites that the well in front of block 8 is now opened 24/7, and also plans are ongoing to purchase a water pumping machine to be placed inside the well so as to supply water during interruption in the water supply from taps in our great hall.

“We are also pleased to inform you that plan is ongoing for the extension of the borehole project to the annex section of the hall to allow the occupants of the annex section and the yellow blocks to also benefit from the project.”

“In a bid to revive the sporting spirit of conscious Awoites, the Executive Council of Castle of Great Men has successfully put in place double viewing system of all television sporting events for Obafemi Awolowo Hall occupants and there is unlimited subscription to cater for the generality of Awoites. We would love to inform you that this Awo Hall executives has acquired a standard table-tennis for recreational purposes in the best interest of Awoites.

“Also, the dead and unproductive information/board of Awo hall is undergoing the process of resuscitation. The executive uses this medium to inform Awoites that the General Secretary is working earnestly and tirelessly to bring back the information/editorial board to life”, the statement stated.

UNILAG, OAU, UNN Win Maritime Blueprint Competition

By Adejumo Kabir

The Law students of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsuka have won the second edition of the Maritime Blueprint competition that took place in the University of Lagos.

The debate competition sponsored by Sifax Group had in attendance law students of eight Nigerian universities where UNILAG came first with 85 points, while OAU and UNN came second and third with 78 and 75 points respectively.

The Group Executive Vice Chairman of Sifax Group, Dr Taiwo Afolabi, who spoke at the end of the competition said there is a need to broaden the knowledge of law students on maritime industry.

Other schools present at the competition include; Bowen University, University of Benin, Lagos State University and Babcock University.

Why OAU ASUU Shunned Nationwide Strike

By Kabir Adejumo

The academic Staff Union of the University (ASUU), Obafemi Awolowo University Branch, Ile -Ife in their unusual and unprecedented manner shunned the ongoing nationwide strike of the union which commenced on Monday.

ASUU, OAU during the weekend at the union congress resolved not to join the ongoing nationwide strike

According to the leadership of the union, it was shelved to allow students of the university to write their first semester examination for 2016/2017 session scheduled to hold between 14th of August and 2nd of September, 2017.

Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, ASUU OAU Caretaker Chairman who spoke with our reporter in a telephone conversation said “we have decided in the congress that we won’t join the strike. Our students need to write their exam and larger percentage of our members has decided not to join the strike”.

A source at the congress told our reporter that the union members engaged in serious argument at the congress on how the national leadership of the union woul feel if the university branch refused to join, but superior and majority position overwhelmed such argument and supported shunning the strike.

It was learnt that the union members reflected on the prolonged academic calendar during the last session during the battle between the workerss union and the management over the appointment of the Vice Chancellor.

It was however resolved that the university chapter may join the strike if not call off after the completion of the first semester examination.

Meanwhile there are indication that the strike my end today. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday assured Nigerians that the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), may end in two days.

In an interview with Journalists, the Minister stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has a policy of engaging unions, including ASUU.

“I hope and believe that this would end in the next two days. We have a policy of engaging the unions, including ASUU and I think now we are very serious.

“This is the first time in two years that ASUU is declaring a strike,” Adamu said.

Adamu also held a closed-door meeting with the leader of the Federal Government Renegotiation Team, Dr. B. O Babalakin (SAN).

Babalakin had in January, inaugurated the 16-member team to renegotiate the 2009 agreement.

OAU Worker Arrested For Account Forgery, Gets Bail

By Kabir Adejumo

An employee of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State, Mutiu Adedokun, who is standing trial for allegedly forging the Postgraduate College’s statement of account to cover up an alleged N221,000 fraud, has been released on bail by a Magistrate Court sitting in Ile-Ife.

The court granted Adedokun the bail of N200,000 and one surety in like sum.

Presiding Magistrate, Mrs Risikat Olayemi said, the surety must swear to an affidavit of means and be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

In addition, the surety must be a civil servant of not less than Grade Level 05.

Adedokun, 36, is facing a three count charge of fraud, stealing and forgery.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the accused committed the offences between April 28, 2015 and January 1, 2016 at the OAU.

Osanyintuyi alleged that the accused collected N221,000 from the complainant, Capt. Bukola Olanrewaju, with a promise to help him pay his school fees.

”The accused collected the N221,000 from Olanrewaju and converted the money to his own.”

According to him, the accused also forged the university’s postgraduate college’s statement of account to perpetrate the fraud.

The offences, he noted, contravened sections 383, 390 (9), 419, 465 and 467 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun.

The accused pleaded not guilty and his lawyer, Mr. Oluwafunso Adedokun, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms, promising he will not jump bail.

The case was adjourned till September 27 for hearing.

OAU NSRC Speaker Expresses Concern Over Nigerian Youths Political Leadership

By Adejumo Kabir

The Speaker of National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies Representative Council, Obafemi Awolowo University chapter, (NSRC OAU), Adelowo Adegboyega, has questioned the capacity of youths in taking a huge leadership responsibility.

He stated this in reaction to the #NotTooYoungToRunBill, recently passed by the National Assembly in an interaction with our reporter on Tuesday.

He said, the natural resources used to measure the richness of a country are important, but not as important as youths of the nation and on that basis, youths play vital role in the growth of the country.

He expressed concern over the capacity of youths in taking such responsibility considering their prevailing attitudes.

He said, “Most Nigerian youths may not be better than the ‘elders’ in governance presently due to evidence in the various cases of misappropriation and some other vices that are rampant among students’ union leaders in the country today”.

Adegboyega said that it is unequivocally clear that the current leaders in the country have been at the helm of power since the youthful hue sits on their skins and have since then retained their spots at the top.

He charged Nigerian youths to be good assets that could be useful and be catalysts  for a better Nigeria.

“What we, the youths can do for our country is to be ready to take the bull by the horn by shunning all sorts of societal vice, by thinking critically and also do our utmost in making Nigeria skirmish the irony of being a rich and a poor country. Just then, we won’t be too young to run”, he stressed.

OAU Commences Distance Learning Degree Programmes In Accounting, Nursing And Economics

By Adejumo Kabir

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has introduced e-Learning for some of its programmes, which are to be administered through its Centre for Distance Learning.

Following the approval of the National Universities Commission (NUC), OAUCDL has started receiving applications into its E-Learning programme for B.Sc. Degrees in Accounting, Economics and Nursing.

Since its establishment, the Centre has been striving to keep abreast of the most up-to-date methods of distance learning practice by continually updating its modes of lecture delivery to reflect the latest proven concepts, methods and practices.

The centre is designed in a way that open and distance education is best accomplished through E-learning, which is the mode adopted by OAUCDL.

The programme is administered online through a customised study tablet called the Vigitab. Students do not have to report to a physical classroom. Their lecture room is on the Vigitab which would be given to each student upon resumption.

Quizzes and assignments would be taken and submitted online while lecture videos, hand-outs in PDF format and other additional materials and references as the instructor deems necessary would be distributed through the Vigitab platform.

The curricula for various programmes are the same as for regular in-house programmes within the University; hence, certificate for degree and diploma programmes are the same as for full-time students.

The total time to complete an online course is equivalent to that of campus regular programme and the same degree would be awarded after the completion of the programme.

 

HISTORIC: Full Address Delivered By Chief Obafemi Awolowo As First Chancellor of OAU In 1967

An Address Delivered By Chief Obafemi Awolowo On The Occasion Of His Installation As The First Chancellor Of The University Of Ife At Ile-Ife On Monday 15 May 1967

YOUR EXCELLENCIES, YOUR HIGHNESSES, MY LORDS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.”

Today, my heart overflows with profound gratitude to God Who has made it possible for me to be in this gathering, and to play in it the historic role of the first Chancellor of this most promising University.

By ordinary human calculations, I was not due to regain my freedom until 11 May 1969 – that is, two calendar years minus four days from today, or a little less than three calendar years from the date of my release from prison on August 3, last year. But by the Grace of God, and the divine agency of Lt. Col. Yakubu Go won, Head of the Federal Military Government, here stand I, in the midst of you, as the principal figure of this memorable occasion.

My thanks, therefore, go very deep to Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon, the late Lt. Col. Adekunle Fajuyi, Col. Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, Military Governor of Western Nigeria, the Chairman and Members of the Provisional Council of the University of Ife, for the parts which they have severally played in making the early restoration of my personal liberty and my installation here this morning as the titular head of this reputable seat of learning, the accomplished facts of which all of you are undoubted witnesses. It is not generally known that, apart from labouring for my release up to the time of his death, and apart from gallantly and heroically laying down his life for his military superior and friend, Lt. Col. Adekunle Fajuyi became, in his death, an unpremeditated ransom for my redemption.

The University of Ife was founded in i960; and although it was officially opened in 1961, it actually began its regular academic session in its Ibadan Campus in the year 1962. Like other Universities in this country and elsewhere, it is dedicated to the teaching of all the academic disciplines which have so far been and will in future be, instituted by the formidable and venerable world of learning.

From its birth seven years ago, the University of Ife has, in spite of some unhappy vicissitudes, had a steady and healthy growth. With an initial intake of 180 students, it now has an undergraduate student population of 923, composed of 795 male and 128 female students. There are, in addition, 22 post-graduate students, one of whom is female.

The University authorities expect that the present under-graduate student population will increase to 1,500 in the next academic year. It is my earnest hope, however, that this anticipated figure will have a phenomenal rise when, in the near future, education becomes free at the University level, as already agreed by the Leaders of Thought in Western Nigeria, regardless of their differing political beliefs.

Of the existing student population, 57 per cent and 43 per cent, respectively, are pursuing courses in non-science and science subjects. It is the aim of the University to reverse this ratio to 3 : 2 in favour of Science, within the next three to five years. I fully support this aim; and am pledged to foster it in any way I can.

It is my considered opinion that Science and Scientific Method, if properly mastered and conscientiously applied, will provide the Master Key to all our problems—be they technical, political, economic, or commercial. Even the non-science disciplines stand considerably to benefit from the employment of Scientific Method. Already, there are authoritative books on THE LOGIC OF THE HUMANITIES.

It has been said by many well-meaning and knowledgeable patriots that Nigeria is in a hurry. I will go further and say that, after she shall have survived her present paroxysm, Nigeria has need to make a leap over a quarter-of-a-century, if she is to satisfy the legitimate yearnings of her teeming peoples. After very careful consideration, I have no doubt in my mind that this feat of social rocketry is feasible, provided that Science is the booster and the Humanities the controllers. It is for this reason that I regard as enlightened and farsighted the University’s plan to reverse, within the next five years or so, the present approximate ratio of 2 : 3, in respect of students doing science and non-science subjects.

Though the fact is generally known, yet it can bear repetition, that the University moved to its present site only last January. And from all appearances, it has settled down so well, in that short period of time, that unwary visitors may be tempted to believe that the University has been here all its life.

For this and other achievements, all praise is due to the late Lt. Col. Adekunle Fajuyi, and Col. R. A. Adebayo, both of whom, on different occasions, squeezed water, so to say, from the Regional Government’s financial flint to make this campus the elegant and inspiring place that we now see. Equally, our sincere and profuse thanks go to those foreign Governments and Foundations which have been of assistance to us in the past.

Much work, and much expenditure remain to be done and incurred before we can claim to be fairly well established in this new home of ours. Even the Science disciplines are still in Ibadan and are only expected to move in during the coming academic session. In this connection we have implicit trust in the oft-repeated and firm assurances of the Military Governor, Col. Adebayo, that he regards the Ife University project as one of the top priorities in his Government’s scheme of things. In fact, in the current financial year, he has already demonstrated the earnest of his Government’s good faith, by making relatively substantial provisions for the University in the Budget.

We also look forward to our friends and well-wishers including overseas Governments and Foundations to give us as much assistance, in cash and kind, as it is ever within their power to bestow on this infant but fast-growing institution.

As for my fellow-Nigerians, I only wish to seize this opportunity to give them advance notice of my future plan for raising funds for the University. Before very long, I shall launch a “University of Ife Endowment Fund”; and I have no doubt that when the time comes they will respond generously to my appeal.

It is my ambition that the University of Ife – and indeed every other University in Nigeria for that matter – should be reasonably independent financially. It is incompatible with and subversive of the academic independence of a University for its Council and Vice-Chancellor, now and again, to go cap-in-hand to beg for funds from the Government, especially when such Government is controlled by a political party.

Whether we are conscious of or acknowledge it or not, the fact remains stubborn and indestructible that poverty, disease, social unrest and instability, and all kinds of international conflict, have their origins in the minds of men. Unless we tackle and remove, or at the very least minimize, these evils at their source, all our efforts in Nigeria to bring about happier circumstances for our peoples, and all the endeavours of mankind to evolve a better world, would be completely in vain. It is only when the minds of men have been properly and rigorously cultivated and garnished, that they can be safely entrusted with public affairs with a certainty and assuredness that they will make the best of their unique opportunity and assignment.

For this reason, I do fervently beseech both tutors and students alike in all our Universities to take their individual assignments most seriously. It is from them—from the university teachers to the university students, and from the latter to all the lower institutions of learning—that the eternal light of knowledge, and hence of intellectual and spiritual freedom, will beam, with powerful and inextinguishable radiance, to the lowest place of learning—even the nursery school.

The responsibility which thus devolves upon them is a grave one. It obliges them to intellectual honesty and detachment; so that the light which they shed may be brilliant, all- pervasive in its illumination, and unerringly guide men’s feet on the path of truth.

The cardinal aim of every academic discipline is to develop the power to think – clearly, correctly, and scientifically.

According to Haddock –
“The power to think, consecutively and deeply and clearly, is an avowed and deadly enemy to mistakes and blunders, superstitions, unscientific theories, irrational beliefs, unbridled enthusiasm, fanaticism.”

It will be seen, therefore, that the power to think clearly, correctly, and scientifically, is the greatest of all the powers that a man can possess.

If they are to discharge, creditably, the responsibility laid upon them, by the very nature of their calling, the University teachers must develop this power in themselves, in full measure, and sedulously help the students in their charge to cultivate it.

For exactly SIXTEEN months now, we have been making a strenuous and earnest search for peace, and a new Constitution. So far, the results which have attended our efforts have not been as we would wish them to be.

On this auspicious and felicitous occasion, and in the presence of this august and mixed congregation, I will endeavour to make only such remarks on the present situation in the country as appear to me to be non-critical and non-controversial.

There is an urgent and crying need to recognize certain factors which, in my view, have not hitherto been given the due recognition, emphasis, and weight that they deserve. I consider six of such factors to be very important, and I enumerate them.

ONE: Because of the nature of its political evolution since 1900, Nigeria had only had, all told, a lease of two years, for discovering and forging new cohesive materials, in place of the British ones, to keep it going as a united and harmonious entity.
Neither the discovering, nor the forging had been well under way before the prolonged crisis, which now threatens to engulf us, began in 1962. To be sure, since 1962, the fifty-one odd national groups in Nigeria have been moving farther and farther apart from one another, not closer and closer together. Indeed, as a result of the supervening and aggravating events of the past sixteen months, mutual suspicion and hostility have been deepening and ossifying with alarming speed.
In this connection, it must be borne in mind that the basis for any union among any communities, especially amongst diverse national groups such as we have in Nigeria, is the utmost mutual trust and understanding. The greater the trust and understanding, the stronger and more harmonious the union. The converse, of course, is also true.

TWO: Because of its youth as an independent sovereign State—Nigeria was only a little over five years of age when the coup of January 1966 took place; because of its youth, and because of the strains and stresses inherent in it as a multi-national State, Nigeria cannot afford an unduly protracted political and economic illness. The pressing danger involved in the present illness of our country is that it might kill more by its sheer protraction than by its severity.

THREE: Our military Administration must be recognized for what it was originally intended and proclaimed to be: an essentially corrective regime, and not a reconstructing Administration with ready and lasting answers to all our political and economic ills.
In my view, the main task of the military regime is to perform a quick and successful surgical operation for the purpose of removing, from our body politic, a malignant and debilitating morbid growth. It was never expected, and it would be too much of a risk for it to attempt to undertake the massive and never-ending task of rebuilding or reconstructing our body politic. It would be too much of a risk, because the Army would then be embarking on a venture for which it is not by tradition and training equipped, and which by its very nature is an ever-recurring phenomenon in any healthy progressive State.

FOUR: As there are good soldiers, so there are good politicians. Not all soldiers are saints, and not all politicians are devils or social lepers.
I have no doubt in my mind that if the corrective measures, which our Military leaders have in mind, are prosecuted with fearlessness, impartiality, and despatch, a new breed of politicians would emerge which would make the welfare of the people the sole object of their public career and pursuit.

FIVE: One of the stark and naked facts which stare us in the face is that, during the past five years, we have inflicted deep and grievous wounds oh one another; so much so that emotions, bitterness and deep-seated suspicions, far more than reason, charity, and trustfulness, now rule our hearts.
It is my candid and honest opinion that what we need very badly, in the present circumstances, is a palliative that will tide us over the present critical stage. Thereafter a curative must be sought and applied. I must warn, however, that an inflexible insistence on a curative, when there is so much sharp disagreement among all the doctors in attendance, may prove fatal to the patient.

SIX: All the great religions and ideologies of the world teach one and only one supreme and imperishable lesson, namely: that LOVE is the touchstone of all human activities. Any human activity that does not stand the test of LOVE is evil. As a practical guide to the practice of LOVE Jesus Christ gave us the Golden Rule in the following words:
“Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the Law and the prophets.”

In closing, I wholeheartedly thank all of you—distinguished men and women in practically all walks of life, from far and near in and outside Nigeria—for responding to the invitation of the Provisional Council by gracing this occasion with your presence. Apart from the colourfulness and impressiveness of this ceremony which I hope we have all enjoyed, a visit to Ile-Ife must be a rewarding adventure to anyone- no matter from what part of the world he hails.

It is not generally known that Ife is more than the cradle of the Yoruba people. It is from here in Ile-Ife, so our worthy legend goes, that the solid earth first arose from the midst of the all-pervading ocean, and was then spread, by one of our gods, to all the other parts of the world, to form the six continents of Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and South America.

BREAKING: OAU Students Storm Osun High Court, Demand Release Of Ex-VC

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Tuesday morning stormed the premises of the Osun State High court sitting in Ede demanding the unconditional release of the former Acting Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof Anthony Elujoba from EFCC custody.

The students who carried placards with several inscriptions chanting several songs in solidarity with their former VC who is currently facing financial misappropriation charges.

The students who chanted several songs threatened to bring down the court in fire if the suspect is not allowed to speak with them.

The presiding judge who had earlier agreed to let Prof Elujoba address the protesting students later withdrew his order because of the unfavorable atmosphere in the court premises.

The judge, however, urged the police to be vigilant as the law enforcers tried to reinforce.

As at the time of filing this report, the hearing of the matter is at a crossroad with students pledging to hold on to their stand.

Details soon…….