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Ogundipe, Babalakin feud not in our interest, say students

By Michael Egbejule (Benin City) and Kehinde Olatunji (Lagos)
18 August 2020   |   4:06 am
The Coalition of University of Lagos Student Unionists (COULSU) has said that the ongoing fracas between the embattled Vice Chancellor of the university

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The Coalition of University of Lagos Student Unionists (COULSU) has said that the ongoing fracas between the embattled Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin, was not in the interest of students and members of staff of the institution.
 
COULSU, in a statement by its Chairman, Adedeji Olayinka, urged students to dissociate themselves from defending and taking sides with any of them but should condemn the duo and call for probe into the finances of the university.
  


The group therefore, among other things, urged the immediate and unconditional reinstatement of University of Lagos Students’ Union (ULSU).

Meanwhile, the two claimants to the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Professors Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and Omololu Soyombo, were conspicuously missing at the Senate Building office of the VC yesterday.

When contacted, Soyombo said he had resumed with effect from last Wednesday and could work from other places apart from the Senate Building.

In another development, a group, South-East & South-South Professionals of Nigeria, has condemned the purported sack of Ogundipe and urged the Federal Government to wade into the crisis to save the institution’s image.

Speaking with The Guardian in Benin City, Chairman, Edo State Chapter of the group, Mr. Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo, advised the Federal Government to constitute an investigative panel.