• Friday, June 21, 2024
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Unilag crisis: Buhari suspends Babalakin, Ogundipe


The never ending story of the crisis at the University of Lagos, Akoka took a new turn as Muhammadu Buhari, president of the Federal republic of Nigeria and Visitor to the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has suspended The Pro-Chancellor, Wale Babalakin and the Vice-Chancellor, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, from office as they are both to recuse themselves from performing their functions in office.

By this decision, president Buhari has constituted a Visitation Panel to look into the crisis in the university.

According to a report monitored on NTA Network news on Friday August 21, the panel is to submit its report within two weeks.

The special visitation panel to the university of Lagos has as chairman Tukur Saad, other members include Victor Onuoha, Ikenna Oyindo, Ekanem Braide, Adamu Usman, Jimoh Bankole and Grace Ekanem.

Also the Senate of the University of Lagos is to convene urgently and appoint an Acting Vice-Chancellor for the university.

The decision by the president entails that Theophilus Soyombo, the current Acting Vice-Chancellor purportedly appointed by the Babalakin-led Council is affected.

BusinessDay had earlier reported that the frosty relationship between Wale Babalakin and the University management started after the council issued a query in May 2019 to Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the university vice chancellor and two of his three deputies, Folashade Ogunsola and Oluwole Familoni.

While there are allegations and counter allegations, the crisis reached its peak with the purported sack of the Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, vice chancellor over alleged misappropriation of funds and gross misconduct.

The institution had announced the sack of Ogundipe during a meeting of the council, held Wednesday at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja.