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OAU suspends students union activities

Management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has placed activities of the Students Union of the school on indefinite suspension, citing cases of violence and unruly behaviour contained in security reports.

Registrar of the school, Dotun Awoyemi, communicated the development through a statement, yesterday afternoon.

This came a day after the Vice Chancellor, Eyitope Ognbodede, issued a warning of proscription during a meeting with the leadership of the union and campus journalists.

He said recent activities of the union had plunged the school into embarrassment.

Yesterday, he made real his threat by suspending student union activities.

“Following security reports of incessant fighting and unruly behaviour during the congress of the Students Union and the recalcitrant attitude of their leadership, it has become inevitable for the University administration to suspend the activities of the Students Union of the Obafemi Awolowo University,” read the statement signed by Awoyemi.

He said the decision was reached during the emergency meeting of the management held yesterday.

Awoyemi listed the cases against the leadership of the union to include the June attack on the speaker of the parliament, allegedly by supporters of the president of the union, and the “alleged retaliation by the supporters of the speaker later in September.”

He also cited the widely reported fight between the vice-president and the social director “in which head butts and stabbing were recorded” during a meeting of the union executive to make decisions in respect of expenditure of funds released on September 5.

He listed the “vandalism of the vehicle of the Ekiti state Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on July 14, 2017; vandalism of NURTW buses on October 6, 2016; and forceful release of students under investigation from police custody on October 6, 2017 and recent serious fighting and open fracas at the meetings of the Union.”

He also accused the union leaders of spreading rumours of fees increment “and fabricated threats of invasion by cultists in order to deceive and falsely gain acceptance of the students’ populace to precipitate crisis, capable of disrupting the academic activities of the University.”

“Based on the cases, the management reached the inevitable conclusion to suspend the union leadership until further notice,” Awoyemi said. (Premium Times)

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