UNILAG Management Reveals Why It Sacked 17 Union Leaders
The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has stated that it had suspended 17 students’ union leaders due to “specific acts of misconduct.”It was previously alleged that the union leaders were suspended for their role in a protest on April 7 over power/water shortages on campus. The management has come out to deny these claims.Last week, the students, who were leaders of the Students’ Union, were rusticated for two or four semesters.
The Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Mr Toyin Adebule, in a statement, said each student that faced the panel set up by the senate to investigate the protest, were only punished for infractions they committed.
The statement reads: “We wish to point out that no student was punished on the ground of solely engaging in the protest. The students were duly investigated for specific acts of social misconduct, which they carried out. They were individually investigated for instances of wrongdoing in breach of the Social Misconduct and Penalties Regulations of the University of Lagos.“Specific acts of misconduct during the protest for which they were punished include: Locking the university gates, locking staff inside the Student Affairs Office, harassing lecturers and disrupting lectures and/or examination, assaulting and damaging the vehicle of a visitor and a student, invading the premises of UNILAG Ventures and carting away products of the company, soliciting funds externally under false pretence in the name of the university.The students were also found culpable of other activities capable of damaging the reputation of the university and impunging on the integrity of the university.“We wish to correct the view that the student leadership were punished across board for the protest.”Some of those suspended are Muhammed Olaniyan (President), Adeyanju Adenipekun (Speaker, Students’ Representatives Council), Emmanuel Afolabi (General Secretary), Ojo Oluwatobi (Financial Secretary), Akinnubi Damilola Pedro (Chief Whip) and Jumai Fabuyi (Public Relations Officer).Olaniyan, a 400-level student of Accounting, and Ojo both got four semesters while others got two semesters.
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