Security has been beefed up at the University of Lagos (UNILAG)
following claims and counter claims of the office of the Vice Chancellor(VC) of the institution, even though both partie shunned the office yesterday.
It was learnt that both the ousted Vice-Chancellor Prof Oluwatoyin
Ogundipe and the acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Theophilus Soyombo have
stayed off the office.
The duo did not show up in the Vice Chancellor’s office in the 12th
floor of the Senate building of the institution, possibly to avert
total breakdown of law and order.
Ogundipe had challenged the institution’s governing council, claiming
he was still Vice-Chancellor while Soyombo, a consultant sociologist
from the faculty of social sciences said he had accepted the position
and resumed office.
Police vans were stationed at the gate, while the officers patrolled
and questioned visitors to the Senate Building and the faculty of
social sciences before they were allowed or denied entry.
Our correspondent gathered that Soyombo was only sited in his
The acting VC’s personal assistant, Mr Odetola Philips, told our
Correspondent that his boss will address journalists tomorrow.
“He is in a meeting. He will address journalists on Wednesday,” he said.
The workers’ unions – Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU);
Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU); National
Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Non- Academic
Staff Union (NASU) had insisted that Ogundipe’s removal did not follow
They also said they have not accepted the appointment of an acting VC
insisting it did not also follow due process.
ASUU chairman, Dr Dele Ashiru, Said: “The position of our congress is
that the procedures for the removal of the vice chancellor and indeed
the appointment of an acting vice chancellor have not been obeyed.”