BY JOSHUA DADA, Osogbo
Authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife, have suspended four students of the institution for criminal activities, breach of the code of conduct for the University community and violent violation of their matriculation oath.
The students are Omole, Ibukun Ayodele, with registration number CVE/ 2011/ 042 of the Department of Civil Engineering; Jacob, Tosin Grace, with registration number: LAW/ 2012/ 153 of the Faculty of Law; Udeh, John with registration number ASE/ 2015/ 362 of the Department of Arts and Social Sciences and Oluwalade, Babatunde with registration number: EGL/ 2014/ 431 of the Department of English.
In a press statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, the institution stated that the students led some other persons in protest and violently disrupted academic and extra- curricular activities of the University by forcefully chasing other students out of the lecture halls under the guise of demonstrating against an alleged unsatisfactory power supply to the campus.
Olarewaju also added that the students, together with other persons, vandalised commercial transport vehicles of the members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Ile Ife, and drove two other vehicles and a Cabstar van, fully loaded with their groups, to police stations where other students, who were been interrogated by the police, were forcefully released by their group.
The release also stated that while the criminal aspect of the students conduct has been referred to the police for appropriate action, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, upon careful review of the facts and circumstances of the matter, has come to the inevitable conclusion that the students involved be suspended from the University in the interim, pending police investigation and until such time as the situation shall have been reviewed and resolved.
The concerned students have been ordered to vacate the campus and are accordingly forbidden to participate in any activity of the University, either within or outside the campus.
The University management has, therefore, advised law abiding students to concentrate of their studies and shun any act or utterance that is capable of elongating the academic calendar beyond the stipulated period.