Suspended OAU Student Begs For Reinstatement

By Sodiq Lawal

Following a protest at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, last October that led to the suspension of some students who partook in the protest, one of the suspended students, Ibukun Omole, has written the University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunmodede, appealing the school’s decision.

Omole, a 500-level student of Department of Civil Engineering, in the appeal letter dated February 6, said he was not on campus on Friday, October 6, 2017, the day the protest was staged.

In his apology letter made available to our correspondent, he stated that: “I hereby humbly write your good office to appeal for my reinstatement as a student of the university. I was suspended via a letter RO.62 Vol.XVII/205 dated 6th October, 2017, titled SUSPENSION FROM THE UNIVERSITY PENDING POLICE INVESTIGATIONS OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, and signed by the registrar of the university.

“The letter stated that I was part of disruptive activities on and outside the university campus on 5th and 6th October, 2017. The letter also said that I was under a police investigation for these aforesaid activities. May I humbly state from the onset that I was on the university campus on 5th of October, 2017 but was NOT on the campus on 6th October, 2017.

“In respect of my activities on 5th of October, 2017, I wish to state that I did not have any intention of participating in a disruptive activity. I attended a legitimate congress of the students’ union called by the then president of the students’ union, to discuss issues of non-supply of power supply and other utilities on campus, on Thursday, 5th October, 2017. I was also part of a peaceful procession that was resolved to by the congress and carried out after the congress on the same day. No university property was vandalised or destroyed, neither was anyone molested, harassed or assaulted, from my observation as a participant in the procession.

“My participation in the procession was not based on any intent of embarrassing the university and its officials (who I hold with much regard) or disrupting the activities on campus. Rather it was premised on drawing the attention of the university authorities to the plight of students, and seeking immediate relief for students, including myself, who have had to suffer the power outage and water shortage for days.”

“Furthermore, I wish to add that I am not aware of any police investigation of my personality or activities as I have not been contacted by any police authority.”




OAU Reinstates Suspended Student

By Sodiq Lawal

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has reinstated one out of the four students that were suspended for protesting over poor welfare in October.

The institution has lifted the suspension on John Udeh, a 200 level student of Arts and Social Science Education following his letter of apology to the management dated 16th November, 2017.

According to his reinstatement letter issued by the Registrar of the university, Mr. Dotun Awoyemi and made available to our correspondent, his apology has made the university reversed his suspension.

The letter partly read: “After due consideration of the content of your letter of apology and security report that you have strictly compiled with the conditions given in the letter suspending you from the university, the Vice Chancellor has graciously directed that the suspension order on you be lifted forthwith. In this respect and in compliance with the Vice Chancellor’s directives, the suspension is hereby lifted and your studentship reinstated with immediate effect”

Confirming his reinstatement to our correspondent , the Registrar of the university, Dotun Awoyemi said: “The reinstated student already complied with the provisions of the suspension that pending their suspension, they should not be seen on campus which he abide with. We are also parents and we need not to delay his reinstatement since he already apologised. If others do the needful, they will also be considered.”

Also, the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Isiaka Aransi told our correspondent that the reinstated student has shown sense of remorse.

“The reinstated student has shown a sense of remorseful. He wrote a letter of apology and the university considered that. We need to reform our students to do what is right. He has gotten letter of reinstatement. That’s all”, he said.

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.