Twist In UNILAG Crisis, As Buhari Suspends Babalakin, Ogundipe, Inaugurates Visitation Panel

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Dr. Wale Babalakin and Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe

 

By Our Reporter

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Vice Chancellor Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and the Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin of University of Lagos UNILAG to excuse themselves from official duties, pending the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel.

Buhari  constituted a Visitation Panel for  UNILAG, where the Vice Chancellor Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and the Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin were locked at war.

The new twist was made public on Friday in a press statement by the Federal Ministry of Education spokesman, Ben Goong.

Babalakin’s Governing Council had, on August 12, sacked Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor over alleged financial misappropriation and misconduct.

The council went further to appoint an acting vice chancellor, Prof. Theophilus Omololu Soyombo of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

However, the institution’s Senate and all its workers unions condemned Ogundipe’s removal, saying it flouted the university’s regulations.

They all passed a vote of confidence on Ogundipe and vowed not to recognise the acting vice-chancellor.

Ogundipe insisted he remains the vice chancellor, urging the public to disregard news of his removal

He said the University’s due process had not been followed.

The alumni association also said that due process had not been followed.

But Babalakin, in several media reactions, insisted that due process had been complied with in terminating Ogundipe’s appointment.

Ogundipe filed a case at the National Industrial Court early this week

But Ogundipe asked his lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa, to withdraw the case today.

According to reports, Ogundipe withdrew the case, in anticipation of President Buhari’s intervention.

 

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