The senate of the University of Ibadan, UI, has ratified the steps taken by the authorities towards resolving the crisis which engulfed the premier university following the rustication of a 400 level Petroleum Engineering student, Tunji Epeti Michael.
The students had embarked on violent protest over Epeti Michael’s expulsion whom they alleged was punished for participating in a protest over lack of light and water sometimes on November 19, 2015.
The authority, in a step seen as forestalling serious outbreak of order, shut the school indefinitely, but majority of the students remained adamant, shut the gate even against some of the students who wanted to vacate the campus.
The students had demanded among others immediate reopening of the school, unconditional and immediate reinstatement of Tunji Epeti Michael, quick redress of the water and power distribution on campus as well as address the ‘undue’ placement of fines and harassment of students by porters in the halls of residence.
However, the university had debunked the claim of rusticating only Tunji Epeti Michael saying that nine students were either rusticated/reprimanded, or discharged from the Independence hall for either leading a protest or illegal occupation of the hall.
An emergency Senate of the University which was presided over by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, ratified the decision of the management to close the school and dialogue with the students while condemning what it called the invasion of the university by students of other institutions with hooded attire.
It was gathered that the Senate of the Institution stated that Tunji Epeti was supposed to be at his place of Internship for six-months when he allegedly came back to lead a protest in the Independence Hall owing to his political ambition to become the Administrator General.
CULLED FROM: today.ng