Buhari sets up panel over UNILAG crisis

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▪︎Directs Ogundipe, Babalakin to step aside from official duties

President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a special visitation panel to look into the ongoing crisis in the University of Lagos.

Vonsequently, he has directed Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, the embattled and sacked Vice Chancellor, and Pro-Chancellor, Dr Wale Babalakin, to step aside from official duties.

The President gave the panel two weeks to submit its report.

Both the sacked Vice Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the school’s governing council had been at loggerheads, with accusations of mismanagement of funds, and other gross misconducts leveled against the VC.

The sacked VC has however contested the grounds on which he was sacked, while he also queried the process of his dismissal, saying the school’s Senate members was not carried along in the process.

Prof. Ogundipe who filed a lawsuit initially has withdrawn the lawsuit.

President Muhammadu Buhari

The lawsuit which was marked NICN/LA/278/2020, had as defendants: UNILAG; the varsity’s Council; its Senate; Pro-Chancellor, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN); Registrar, Oladejo Azeez; and Prof. Theophilus Soyombo, who was appointed acting VC in the wake of Ogundipe’s controversial sacking.

Ogundipe had filed an ex parte application, which was pending for hearing before the court.

The decision to withdraw the lawsuit was to allow the President who is a Visitor to the university act as Prof. Ogundipe has enough time to still file a case, according to one of his attorneys, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.

(Additional reports from aledeh.com)

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