UI VC, Idowu Olayinka raises alarm over alleged attempt by SUG President to disrupt semester examinations

Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka on Sunday raised the alarm over the planned attempt by the suspended President, Students Union of the institution, Mr. Aderemi Ojo and others under the umbrella of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to disrupt the semester examinations billed to commence tomorrow, Monday 8th January 2018 .

Olayinka in a statement obtained by NAIJAPARY titled, ATTEMPT BY NANS TO DISRUPT THE FORTHCOMING SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS BEGINNING MONDAY, 8 JANUARY 2018, alleged that Aderemi of the Department of History, who served as President of the Students’ Union from 8th to 29th May 2017 and others under the aegis of NANS have concluded plans to disrupt the examinations.

The VC said he was surprised that anyone will still parade himself as official of the Students Union having in mind that the union has since been suspended on May 30th, 2017.

Olayinka in the statement, however, declared that the suspension of the union still remains valid, saying anyone parading himself as official of the union does so at his or her own risk.

The statement reads in part, “Further to the Special Meeting of Senate of the University of Ibadan held on Friday, 5 January 2018 and the unanimous decision to proceed with the Semester Examinations, which has since been published, the University Management has received reliable security reports which require urgent attention.

“Ojo Aderemi, a 200 Level student of the Department of History, who served as President of the Students’ Union from 8 to 29 May 2017 and his sympathisers under the aegis of NANS are planning to disrupt the Examinations.

“Kindly note that Senate has since suspended the activities of the Students’ Union since May 30, 2017.

The suspension is still in effect and anyone who parades himself or herself as an official of a non-existing group does so at his or her own risk.

“The Security Agents have been put on alert.

“Nonetheless, the generality of Students who are law-abiding and are prepared and ready for their examinations should remain calm, conclude revision of their lecture notes and go in for their examinations.

“We should not allow anarchists disrupt the relative peace we have on the Campus.

“Many of these professional ‘students’ having nothing to lose if there is a further disruption of our academic calendar.

“Meanwhile, I wish you every success in your Semester Examinations”.

But, the embattled President, Aderemi Ojo in a brief telephone conversation with news media said he will not speak on the allegation now until further notice.

Ojo said, ” I am very grateful, but I can’t talk now. I can’t speak now.

“I will speak later, just give me some hours.”

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