Monday, 16 October 2017

OAU SU Demands Reinstatement Of Suspended Students

By Farombi Oluwaseun

The Students Union  of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State on Monday, demanded for the unconditional reinstatement of the recently suspended students.

The Students are OMOLE,Ibukun Ayodele, with the registration number CVE/2011/042 of the Department of Civil Engineering; JACOB,Tosin Grace,with the registration number LAW/2012/153 of the faculty of Law; UDEH,  John with the registration number ASE/2015/362 Of the department of Arts and Social Sciences and OLUWALADE, Babatunde with the registration number EGL/2014/431 of the Department of English

Addressing a press conference at the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Correspondents’ Chapel, the Students Union President, Ibukun Oyekan, said the suspended students did not commit any criminal offences as claimed by the school management.

Dr. IBK as popularly called stated that all the vandalization claims of the school management were all lies.

According to him “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 respectively of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife by the University 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 demand 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 victimization of students activists on campus on account of expression of their grievances and dissatisfaction over the current state of Obafemi Awolowo University campus

He further  demanded the University Management to call the leadership of  Postgraduate Hall as well as Great Ife Students’ Union to a round table discussion which must lead to quick, immediate and unconditional reinstatement of students on suspension among other issues..

However, the University management through a release obtained by OAU Peeps News Agency and signed by University Registrar, D.O. Awoyemi stated that the four 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 are 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.

The University further drew the attention of the community to some NON STUDENTS like  Osungbade Akeem Olaboye(AK-WIZDOM) who had been withdrawn from the university on account of his poor academic performance and Olawale Ogunruku,a diploma graduate who had refused to leave the university premises,causing nuisance & threat to public peace and stated they have been reported to the security agencies for appropriate actions.

The University management  concluded by  advising law abiding students to concentrate on their studies and shun any act or utterance that is capable of elongating the academic calendar beyond the stipulated period..

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