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Ex-students’ union leader takes UI to court over expulsion, seeks reinstatement

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
10 November 2021   |   2:45 am
The former President, University of Ibadan (UI) Students Union, Aderemi Ojo, has asked a Federal High Court in Ibadan to overturn his rustication by the institution’s authorities.

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The former President, University of Ibadan (UI) Students Union, Aderemi Ojo, has asked a Federal High Court in Ibadan to overturn his rustication by the institution’s authorities.

The UI authorities had in 2019 expelled the plaintiff over his alleged role in the protest that took place in the school in 2017.

Ojo, who was then a 400-level student of the Department of History, while testifying before Justice Uche Agomoh, yesterday, said he received eight letters from the institution accusing him of gross misconduct.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Ola Adeosun, said that the expulsion of his client by the institution was a violation of his fundamental human rights.

Adeosun tendered eight exhibits and prayed the court to ensure justice by compelling the university to allow Ojo to complete his studies in the school.

However, counsel to UI, Mr. S.I. Ajayi said that Ojo was expelled because he contravened the school’s rules and regulations that prohibited all forms of demonstration.

Ajayi tendered a copy of the inaugural speech made by Ojo when he was being sworn in as the UI students’ union president as an exhibit.

But citing relevant portions of the Evidence Act, Adeosun prayed the court to discountenance Ajayi’s submission because the inaugural speech he tendered was not signed by anybody.

Justice Agomoh subsequently adjourned the case till November 21, 2021, to deliver a ruling on the admissibility or otherwise of the exhibit tendered by the defence counsel and for the continuation of the hearing.

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