Sacked UNILAG VC Leads ASUU Protest, Heads to Court

The recently sacked UNILAG VC, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe was pictured leading a protest by  ASUU, after the University Senate rejects his sack by the governing council.

The senate condemned Ogundipe sack by the governing council during an emergency meeting held on Thursday August 13 2020. In the meeting attended by the 88 members and anchored by Prof Chioma Ago, a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, the institution’s Senate said the removal of Ogundipe was against UNILAG’s regulation, adding that the Council removed Ogundipe without giving him the opportunity to defend himself.

They also kicked against the appointment of Prof Omololu Soyombo as Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution. According to the senate, the condition for the removal of a Vice Chancellor is that a joint committee of the Senate and Governing Council must sit and investigate with three representatives from each side. But in the case of Ogundipe sack, the Senate was never represented and consulted, neithher did the Senate know the allegations against their member.

In another development, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has headed to court to challenge his removal from office by the governing council of the institution.

In a suit filed by Ogundipe’s lawyer Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the sacked VC alleged that the Council breached all known rules of natural justice and section 36 of the 1999 Constitution in purportedly removing him from his position as he was never heard at all or ever made to face any panel or Committee to defend himself against allegations of unauthorised expenditure of University funds.

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