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UNILAG Crisis: Babalakin resign as Pro-Chancellor.

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The University of Lagos Pro-Chancellor Wale Babalakin (SAN), has resigned following an alleged disagreement with the Nigerian Government on the visitation panel sent to the university.

“I would like to thank the President of the Federal of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (the “University”) from May 2017 till date,” Babalakin said in his resignation letter addressed to minister for education Adamu Ada

“I am also grateful that I was considered fit to be the Chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team on the Agreement reached with university unions in 2009, from 6th January 2017 till date. I equally want to thank you sir, for your role in recommending me to the President.”


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UNILAG crisis: Court strikes out all cases.

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The National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos has struck out two cases in respect of the crisis rocking the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Justice Jeremiah Essien struck out the suits on Tuesday following the formal withdrawal of the applications filed by lawyers in relation to the crisis.

One of the suits was filed by Professor Olutoyin Ogundipe to challenge his removal as the vice-chancellor by the Governing Council under the chairmanship of Dr. Wale Babalakin – a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

The other suit was filed by the Senate of the university to challenge Professor Ogundipe’s removal and his replacement with Professor Theophilus Soyombo by the governing council.

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In the first case, Professor Ogundipe’s lawyers, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), told the court that their client had filed a notice of discontinuance.

The lawyers also drew the attention of the court to certain news reports in the media which falsely indicated that the court sat on Friday last week and refused an ex-parte application filed by Professor Ogundipe.

Justice Essien dismissed the news and said that since he did not sit on the case formally, such a report must be part of the fake news menace currently plaguing the nation.

Professor Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), who represented the university’s Senate, also applied for the withdrawal of the suit filed by the Senate.

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There was no objection to the withdrawal of both suits by Mr Tola Oshobi (SAN), who represented Dr Babalakin in both cases.

Following the applications for withdrawal, Justice Essien struck out the suits.

He encouraged authorities of the institution to resolve the raging controversy amicably, stressing that such was not good for the image of a university.

The judge also said he was glad that the parties elected to withdraw the suit, thereby saving him from having to make pronouncements.


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UNILAG crisis: Alumni reverse suit tackling Ogundipe’s romoval as VC.

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The Senate of the University of Lagos has filed a notice of discontinuance of a suit challenging the sack of Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

The notice of discontinuance dated August 24, 2020, was filed through the lawyer of the university’s senate, Professor Taiwo Osipitan, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

In the suit filed before the National Industrial Court, the university’s senate had kicked against Ogundipe’s sacking by the Governing Council of the institution and his subsequent replacement with Professor Theophilus Soyombo, as acting vice-chancellor.

Apart from the governing council, the senate had listed its now suspended Pro-Chancellor, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN); the Registrar, Mr Oladejo Azeez; Professor Soyombo and Professor Ogundipe as defendants in the suit.

It also asked the court to declare that Professor Ogundipe’s purported removal by the Governing Council vide an August 12, 2020 letter did not follow due process and was null and void.

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The Senate had asked the court to restrain Professor Soyombo from parading himself as the acting vice-chancellor of UNILAG.

However, Professor Osipitan explained that the decision of the senate to withdraw the suit followed the ‘latest developments’ on the issue.

On Friday last week, President Muhammadu Buhari had suspended both Dr Babalakin and Professor Ogundipe.

The President also reversed Professor Soyombo’s appointment as acting the acting vice-chancellor of the university.

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Three days later, the university’s Senate elected Professor Folasade Ogunsola as the acting vice-chancellor of UNILAG – the first female to hold such a position in the institution.

Professor Ogunsola, who was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) of Development Services, contested the position along with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Management Services.

Of the 167 senate members who voted in the exercise, Professor Ogunsola garnered 135 votes as against the DVC Management Services who polled 31 votes, while one voided vote was recorded.

She is expected to act in the new role until the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up by the President.


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UNILAG crisis: Prof. Folasade Ogunsola retains seat as Acting VC elect.

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Senate members of the University of Lagos on Monday elected Professor Folasade Ogunsola as the acting Vice-Chancellor of the school.

Until her election, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Development Services.

She was also the provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.

Professor Ogunsola’s research areas have been centered on the regulation and management of viral diseases, particularly HIV.

She is the principal investigator at AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) at the University of Lagos and has been the chairman of the Infection Control Committee of Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

Furthermore, she is the chairman of the National Association of Colleges of Medicine in Nigeria.

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Professor Ogunsola is expected to act in the new role until the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up by the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

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This election follows the Federal Government’s directive that the University’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Wale Babalakin, and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, recuse themselves from official duties, pending the outcome of the panel.

The Federal Government gave the directive last Friday in a press statement signed by the Federal Ministry of Education spokesman, Ben Goong.

It states, “Government also directs the Senate of the University of Lagos to immediately convene to nominate an acting Vice-Chancellor from amongst its members for confirmation by the Governing Council,” the statement added.

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Babalakin’s Governing Council had, on August 12, sacked Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor over alleged financial misappropriation and misconduct.

Ogundipe, however, rejected the Council’s decision, saying the University’s due process had not been followed.

The University’s Senate, alumni, and labour unions also put out statements saying the due process had not been followed.

But Babalakin, in several media reactions, insisted that due process had been complied with in terminating Ogundipe’s appointment.

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The Presidential Panel, made up of seven members, is expected to determine whether the required steps were taken by the Council in sacking Ogundipe.

They are also expected “to make appropriate recommendations including sanctions for all those found culpable” in the investigation, which is expected to last for two weeks.

The panel will be inaugurated by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on August 26.

Members of the panel include Professor Tukur Sa’ad (Chairman), Barrister Victor Onuoha, Professor Ikenna Onyido, Professor Ekanem Braide, Professor Adamu K. Usman, Chief Jimoh Bankole and Barrister Grace Ekanem (Secretary).


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UNILAG crisis: Recuse yourselves from official duties – FG orders Babalakin and Ogundipe.

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– 09:55 PM –

The Federal Government on Friday directed the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Lagos, Wale Babalakin, and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe to recuse themselves from official duties, pending the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up by the President.

The information was announced in a press statement signed by the Federal Ministry of Education spokesman, Ben Goong.

More details to follow . . .

– 10:00 PM – Don't engage in further official duties - FG to UNILAG's Babalakin and Ogundipe

Babalakin’s Governing Council had, on August 12, sacked Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor over alleged financial misappropriation and misconduct.

Ogundipe, however, rejected the Council’s decision, saying the University’s due process had not been followed.

The University’s Senate, alumni, and labour unions also put out statements saying the due process had not been followed.

But Babalakin, in several media reactions, insisted that due process had been complied with in terminating Ogundipe’s appointment.

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UNILAG facilities manager bags 50 years jail term over teen rape.

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A Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court sitting in the Ikeja area has sentenced an alumnus of the University of Lagos, John Otema, to 50 years imprisonment for raping a 19-year-old student of the institution on campus.

Thirty-four-year-old Otema, a Quantity Surveyor and Facilities Manager, was charged before Justice Abiola Soladoye on three counts of rape and assault occasioning harm on two female students.

He was found guilty on two of the three counts of rape and assault occasioning harm in respect of the rape of the 19-year-old student (identified as student X) and was found not guilty on a charge of raping another 20-year-old student (identified as Student Y) of the institution.

In convicting Otema of rape and assault occasioning harm of student X, Justice Soladoye noted that in addition to medical evidence and photographs tendered by the prosecution, student X had also identified the defendant as her assailant who bit her back and punched her eyes.

After convicting him, Justice Soladoye sentenced Otema to 50 years in prison for the rape and three-years for the assault with both sentences to run concurrently.

In absolving Otema of raping student Y, Justice Soladoye noted that the demeanour of student Y in her testimony was mischievous and she would not have claimed that she was raped if Otema had paid her the N50,000 agreed upon before their rendezvous.

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The judge quoted a portion of student Y’s testimony which stated, “with intention to scare him off, I asked him for N100,000 but he said he will give me N50,000.

“I gave him my account number, but he did not credit my account. Friendship with benefits was the crux of our relationship.”

The judge described student Y as a game player who had embarked on a sexual frolic.

“The defendant, John Osagie Otema in respect of count-one (rape) is found not guilty as there is overwhelming evidence before the court that sexual intercourse between the defendant and PW2 (Student Y) was consensual as it was friendship with benefits,” Justice Soladoye held.


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Update: UNILAG alumni demands reversal of vice chancellor’s sack.

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The Alumni Association of the University of Lagos has advised the school’s Governing Council to rescind its decision to sack Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor.

The Alumni Association offered the counsel on Friday after an emergency meeting was held.

“Without prejudice to the general powers of the University Governing Council to appoint and remove a Vice Chancellor under the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2003 (No. 1 2007), and without apportioning any blame to either the Governing Council or the Vice Chancellor, the University of Lagos Alumni is of the view that before the Council can exercise such powers, it must follow due process, particularly as mandatorily provided under section 3(8), (9) and (10) of the Act in the removal of the Vice Chancellor and Section 3(13) in the appointment of an acting Vice Chancellor,” the Alumni Association said in a statement.

“Therefore, the Alumni counsels the Governing Council that the status quo ante the Council meeting of Wednesday, 12th August, 2020, be restored while the Alumni continues with its efforts at ensuring that lasting peace and harmony reign on the Campus as between the Council and the University Management in particular, and all sections of the University community in general, including the Senate, students, staff, all Associations, particularly ASUU, NASU, SSANU, NAAT, etc.”

The Alumni Association added that it will not “relent in its efforts” to help differing parties within the University reach an amicable resolution.

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Some union members at the University of Lagos have protested Ogundipe’s sack.

The University’s Senate, after an emergency meeting on Thursday, also rejected the Vice-Chancellor’s sack and passed vote-of-no confidence on the Governing Council.

However, in a press briefing on Friday, the University’s Pro-Chancellor, Wale Babalakin insisted that the sacking of Ogundipe was fair and followed due process.

“I assure you that there was full compliance with the law in the removal of the Vice-Chancellor,” he said.


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UNILAG pro chancellor insist vice Chancellor’s sack tracks due process.

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Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Wale Babalakin on Friday insisted that the sacking of Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the school’s Vice-Chancellor by the Governing Council was fair and followed due process.

Some union members at the University had marched with Ogundipe on Thursday, protesting his sack as Vice-Chancellor, saying it did not follow due process.

The University’s Senate, after an emergency meeting on Thursday, also rejected the Vice-Chancellor’s sack and passed vote-of-no confidence on the Governing Council.

“Due process was not followed,” the Senate said in its resolution.

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However, at the Friday press briefing held in Lagos, Babalakin re-affirmed the Governing Council’s decision and accused Ogundipe of looting the University’s resources.

“The Senate did not have a meeting, because it could not have had one,” he said. “The authority to call a meeting rests with the Vice-Chancellor and, as at the time he called the meeting, he was no longer Vice-Chancellor.

“Most people don’t know what the powers of the Council are vis-à-vis the removal of the Vice-Chancellor.

“I assure you that there was full compliance with the law in the removal of the Vice-Chancellor.”

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Babalakin said members of the Council decided to remove Ogundipe because they “want the best for the university.”

“Series of attempts were made to reconcile, but the plain truth is that Professor Ogundipe has been looting the University, and looting it recklessly,” he said. “That’s the plain truth; we shouldn’t hide it.”

Babalakin further alleged that Ogundipe had been indicted for forging documents in recruitment processes.

“There is no crisis in Unilag,” he said. “What you have is a vocal minority benefiting extensively from the resources of the university.”


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UNILAG union members protest sack of embattled vice chancellor.

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Some union members at the University of Lagos marched with Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe on Thursday, protesting his sack as Vice-Chancellor.

The University’s Governing Council on Wednesday had announced the removal of Professor Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor.

However, the union members – from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) – asked the Federal Government to rescind the sack.

They gave their position after a Congress held on Thursday at the University.

In a joint communique produced after the meeting, the Unions said “the council violently and most lawlessly violated the law in the said removal of the Vice-Chancellor.”

They added that no notice had been served to Prof. Ogundipe on the allegation against him, no fact-finding mission was set up and no formal report was produced to substantiate the sack.

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They concluded that the Professor hadn’t been afforded a fair hearing.

Professor Ogundipe’s sack was announced after a meeting of UNILAG’s Governing Council chaired by the institution’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Dr. Wale Babalakin.

Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe was sacked by the University of Lagos’ Governing Council on August 12, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

The meeting was held on Wednesday at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Federal Ministry of Education, however, said it is yet to be briefed on the developments at UNILAG.

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It, however, affirmed that the university’s council has the power to hire and fire, but that due process must be followed in doing so.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that seven members of the council voted for Professor Ogundipe’s removal, while four others voted against it; one member voted that the Vice-Chancellor should rather be placed on suspension.

In a memo dated August 12 and signed by the Registrar and Secretary to the Council, Oladejo Azeez, Professor Ogundipe was “lawfully removed by the Governor Council at a meeting fully attended by all members.”

Azeez also announced the appointment of Professor Theophilius Omololu Soyombo of the Faculty of Social Sciences as Vice-Chancellor of the University “in an acting capacity.”


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COVID-19: Babcock, YABATECH, UNILAG close campuses.


Following the increase in the number of identified cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology and Babcock University, Ilisan, Ogun State have shut down their campuses.

UNILAG management met with the provost and deans committee on Thursday, March 19, 2020, resolved to close the institution.


A statement by the university said the Senate held an emergency meeting on Friday, March 20, 2020 approved the resolution in accordance with the order issued by the Federal Government, Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission that schools nationwide should be closed for the period of one month effective from Monday, March 23, 2020, as a proactive step aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.


In view of the decisions, the management directed that at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020, students should vacate the hostels and return home. Resumption date is subject to review as developments unfold.

YABATECH in a statement said the college will be shut for a period of one month, from Monday, 23.


The statement by the management explained that as a result of the closure, all academic activities have been suspended until further notice and directed students to vacate halls of residence at 12noon on Saturday, March 21.

In a related development, the management of Babcock University said the school closed on Friday, March 20 until further notice.

The statement urged parents to come for their wards from Friday, March 20 to Monday, March 23.

The university management warned that “there shall be no evacuation of students on Saturday, March 21, 2020.


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University of Lagos suspend 51st convocation. (Reason)


Four days after it announced a four-day programme to marks its 51st convocation, the University of Lagos (UNILAG), has suspended the events, scheduled to start on March 9.

A circular on the institution’s website signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mr Oladejo Azeez, who announced the cancellation, gave no reason.

But a leaked memo to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Ochono, noted that the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the varsity’s Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin, had informed the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu in a letter dated March 2, that the programme was not approved by the his board.

The letter titled: “Re: Invitation to the 2019 Convocation Ceremony of the University of Lagos” reads:

“The attention of the honourable minister has been drawn to the attached copy of letter dated 2nd of March 2020 from the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. B.O. Babalakin to the effect that the 2019 convocation ceremonies were not approved by the Governing Council in line with the laws of the University.

“I am to, therefore, request that you kindly advise the Vice-Chancellor to suspend the convocation and ensure full compliance with due process.”

On Wednesday, The Nation reached out to UNILAG’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Toyin Ogundipe, and the Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, to confirm rumours of the postponement of the convocation but got no response.

However, when this reporter called her on on Thursday, she confirmed the postponement and said the University would release its official statement Thursday night.

“I did not respond to your message because I did not want to. The convocation has been postponed. We will send an official statement tonight,” she said.

The Prof. Ogundipe-led management and the Governing Council have been at loggerheads on the running of the university.

Last year, the Education ministry and the House of Representatives had to reconcile both parties.


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I will not cover any s*x scandal – Unilag VC.

..Says no fake professors at UNILAG

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has assured Nigerians that the recent sex scandal involving two lecturers of the institution will not be swept under the rug.

In his words: “There will not be any cover up. Globally, they are watching us to see what we will do with the case.”

Prof Ogundipe disclosed this at the 2019 edition of UNILAG annual media parley held at the Senate Chambers.

Recall that Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies and Associate Prof Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics were caught on video recording by a BBC undercover reporter allegedly demanding for sex for admission and marks.

Related: “S*x for Grades”: BBC documentary exposes UNILAG lecturer, more
UNILAG management has since set up a panel headed by Prof Ayodele Atsenuwa of the Faculty of Law to probe the alleged sex-for-marks and admission scandal against Dr Igbeneghu and Dr Oladipo.

According to the Vice Chancellor, when the sex scandal broke out, the university management took prompt action and issued queries to the two lecturers caught in the BBC video, after which they were placed on suspension.

The VC said the case will follow due process, adding that “if we don’t follow due process, the two lecturers will sue UNILAG and that is what we are trying to avoid.”

The next stage of the case, he explained, will be the administrative report being passed on to the Governing Council to act on the recommendations of the panel.

Prof Ogundipe said that the ‘Cold Room’ captured in the BBC investigations has made the word popular globally.

He warned that henceforth no student will be allowed into the Staff Club and that leaders of the club have been advised to introduce identity cards for members.

On the recent revelation of the existence of fake professors in the Nigeria university system by the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Ogundipe said UNILAG does not have any in its system.

“In UNILAG, we don’t have fake professors. In UNILAG, there is nobody with even a fake PhD,” he said. “We even check WAEC certificates of staff on a regular basis with concerned exam bodies. We know each other on campus and such things doesn’t exist here.”

The VC blamed former students for their inability to process their transcripts, stating that within one year, 32,000 applied for transcripts.

He said that out of the 32,000 that applied, only 22,000 paid processing fees, meaning the 12,000 complaining have not completed the process.

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