Suspended UNILAG student activist asks visiting panel for reinstatement

Suspended UNILAG student, Femi Adeyeye has appealed UNILAG Special Visitation Panel to order his reinstatement
Emeh Joy

A suspended student of the University of Lagos identified as Femi Adeyeye has appealed to the visiting panel constituted by the Federal Government to order his reinstatement to the university.

Adeyeye was rusticated for three semesters in July 2016 and was meant to resume school in the second semester of the 2017/2018 academic session. Still, according to him, the school is yet to lift the rustication and activate his student portal.

He added that other students who were rusticated together with him have all been reinstated and have all graduated from the university.

In a letter written to the panel by his legal counsel, Omobanle Ojibara, Adeyeye said he had written series of letters to the university which were all ignored. The letter to the panel read:

"After serving out his suspension, our client wrote a letter on 11 June 2018 (which was erroneously dated 11 June 2017) to the university seeking his reinstatement).

"The university responded to our client via its letter dated 20 September 2018, informing our client that he has been cleared for readmission, with effect from 2nd semester of the 2017/2018 session.

"This letter was only received 3 days to the end of the 2017/2018 academic session and after examinations had been concluded for the 2nd semester.

"It only became obvious to our client that the timing of the letter was not out of sheer inadvertence, but a design to frustrate the resumption of his studies; when he tried to register for the semester and discovered that he had been locked out of the online registration portal and is deactivated.

"Our client has since written several letters pleading with the university to allow him to register and finish his studies, and his pleas have fallen on deaf ears. A bundle of the letters written by our client dated 29 August 2019, 1 September 2016, 6 March 2017 and 14 March 2019.

Adedeye further stated in the letter that his indefinite suspension was according to the directives of the recently removed Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe who vowed never to reinstate him.

"Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe who had become the Vice-Chancellor of the university at this time refused to readmit our client and even boasted on a video, which surfaced on YouTube and other online platforms that our client was not readmitted because 'he was not remorseful'.

"It is apparent from these utterances that Prof Ogundipe's action is a personal vendetta against our clients, the result of which is our client'ts unlawful expulsion from the university without fair hearing", the letter read.

The lawyer, in the end, appealed to the visiting panel to use the opportunity of their visit to right the wrongs against his client, Adeyeye.

"We, therefore, urge you to use your visit to the university to restore the wrongs visited on our client by Prof Ogundipe's administration and restore our client's faith and hope in a just society, where everyone is treated as equals", the layer appealed.

It was reported earlier that the Federal Government had inaugurated a Special Visitation Panel to look into the internal crisis rocking the University of Lagos following the removal of its former VC, Prof Ogundipe.

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