My ordeal​ is politically motivated -​-​ ​VC, ​Federal University of Agric, Abeokuta


The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Olusola Oyewole, on Thursday said his ordeal in the hands of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as well as the uprising caused by the students, was politically motivated.

Mr. Oyewole and the institution’s bursar, Moses Ilesanmi, were recently invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for questioning based on allegations of corruption levelled against them.

He said he did not deserve what he was going through​, and that
he was sure of being vindicated in the end.

Mr. Oyewole, who spoke with journalists in Abeokuta, urged agitating labour unions and students of the institution to keep the peace.

“It’s just that there may be some vested, external interest in what happened. Our students are naturally peaceful students, they are not used to that type of activities but for some external influences which we suspect,” he said.

“I have tried my best for the system; we’ve had this type of experience in this university, when it’s getting to the end of tenure of the vice chancellor. But by God’s grace, we’ll get over it.

‎”We have tried to improve the quality of our research in this university. We’ve empowered the staff and the students internationally. The students’ population has grown tremendously really and we’ve ensured that proper academic activities take place in the university system.”

Mr. Oyewole ‎said he had improved the rating of the university, empowered its staff and students and therefore did not deserve to be removed without tenable reasons.

On the EFCC invitation, he said he did not want to comment on the case since the charges levelled against him were under investigation, adding that he “believes that the agency will do proper investigation”​.​

The embattled VC said the suspension of three staff of the institution followed due process and that the decision was in accordance with the university regulations.

He explained that ‎the university management had always been alive to its responsibility of securing the lives and properties of staff and students.

He said‎ the university planned to convene a meeting with the landlords of the off campus hostels where‎ some FUNAAB students reside with a view to addressing the current security challenges in the communities.

Meanwhile, the university management has set up a committee to look into the remote and immediate causes of the recent protest by students‎ which led to the destruction of properties.

The institution in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Emi Alawode, on Thursday also said it had extended the closure of the institution indefinitely, explaining that ‎the decision was aimed at preventing future occurrence of such unrest.

‘Students are also enjoined to ignore any payment directives through the social media, as currently being circulated,” the statement said.

It also explained that the decision to constitute the panel was taken at the Special Senate meeting of the university held on Monday to assist staff and students in providing additional security and to further support the initiatives of both federal and state government.

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