Obafemi Awolowo University slams lengthy suspension on student leaders

Obafemi Awolowo University

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University has slammed lengthy bans on the institution’s students union leaders, for allegedly threatening a professor.

The SUG leaders bagged between four and six semesters suspensions.

Those suspended are the president, Omotayo Akande; Secretary General, Oketooto Oluwaseun and the Public Relations Officer, Ojedokun Emmanuel.

Mr. Emmanuel is a 400-level student of International Relations and had just two months to graduate before his suspension.

The suspended students were accused of assaulting a professor, Y. K. Yusuf, in the institution.

It was gathered that trouble began when Emmanuel had gone into a class in company with some of his colleagues where the professor was delivering a lecture, desiring to make an announcement to the students, but the lecturer would have none of it and walked them out.

The union leaders, feeling insulted, reportedly went to the lecturer’s office at the university faculty of arts building and threatened to parade him round the campus if he failed to issue an apology to the students.

When the professor refused to do so, the SUG president was said to have sent a text message to the Vice Chancellor, declaring that the safety of the professor could no longer be guaranteed on campus if he failed to tender an apology for walking out officials of the union of his class.

A panel set up by the school’s management to investigate the matter recommended that the students be suspended for three years.

Mr. Emmanuel confirmed that they had received the suspension letters, and called on the management to review its sanction.

“We have received the letters and plead with notable Nigerians to save Oketooto Oluwaseun, Omotayo Akande and myself,” Mr. Emmanuel said.

He denied ever threatening the safety of the professor, saying the university management was using that as an excuse for the suspension.

Messrs Oluwaseun and Emmanuel were suspended for four semesters respectively, while Mr Akande was suspended for six semesters.


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  • Paul Young

    This should serve as deterrent to other SUG members who think they are above the law

  • Emmy

    How won’t they threaten a professor when they have been allowed to budget N1.8million for phone calls. They have wings on their shoulders and can do and undo. Madness incorporated

  • Wale Bolodeoku

    i’m a product of Great Ife, 26 years and counting; but this set of SUG leaders are a bunch of thugs and tools in the hands of discredited politicians. They should be made to face the full consequences of their stupidity.

    • Omo Akin

      I am Great Ife too. It is inconceivable that a 400 Level student who also doubles as a Student Union leader could not understand how ridiculous it is to intrude on a lecture/class which lasts one hour. What type of announcement would the SU executive be making from lecture hall to lecture hall? How is the professor to make up for the time these thugs want to take from the one-hour lecture?
      This is the same SU Officers that budgeted security votes for its members. If they got away with that, how will they not feel that more important than their professor who do not earn up to their security vote; in other words, they earn more than their professor just for being SU Officer.

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  • Ajantala

    Ridiculous punishment. They should have been DISMISSED and handed over to police for prosecution. If I were the lecturer I would still make a formal statement to police BECAUSE most of these kids are in cults and they can attempt to harm the lecturer. Our parents have pretty much destroyed lives of these children because we have abandoned our parental roles to “god”

  • ORIGINAL CONSCIENCE

    Youthful exuberance. Your beg saviour was childish. Emmanuel, you behaved foolishly. They have just shown you who owns and runs the university.