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UNILAG saga: You’re removed —Council; I remain in office —VC

A mild confusion is brewing at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Wednesday after the Governing Council of the University confirmed that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has been removed from office.

Reacting, however, the embattled Vice-Chancellor described his removal as false, saying he’s still in charge.

The Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr. Oladejo Azeez had released a statement announcing the removal.

The statement was titled “Notice to the General Public on the removal of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos”.

Mr. Azeez said the decision was based on gross misconduct, financial recklessness, amongst others.

He stated:

“The general public is hereby notified that at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday 12 August 2020 and in accordance with the statutory power vested in it by law, the Governing Council of the University of Lagos removed Prof. Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS from office as Vice Chancellor of the University with immediate effect.

“The decision was based on the Council’s investigation of serious acts of wrongdoing, gross misconduct, financial recklessness, and abuse of office against Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe.”

On his part, Ogundipe said he remains Vice Chancellor of the institution.

Ogundipe said this in a statement following the Registrar’s announcement of the Governing Council’s decision to remove him.

He said the removal was a figment of the Registrar’s imagination.

The statement titled “Notice to the General Public on the Removal of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos by Oladejo Azeez, Esq” reads:

“The attention of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) management has been drawn to the ‘Notice to the General Public on the Removal of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos’; dated August 12, 2020 and signed by Oladejo Azeez, Esq, Registrar and Secretary to Council, stating that the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS has been removed from office with immediate effect.

“This is untrue and a figment of his imagination.

“Therefore, stakeholders of UNILAG and the general public are advised to disregard this mischievous disinformation about the sitting Vice Chancellor of UNILAG, contained in that notice.

“Professor Ogundipe still remains UNILAG’s Vice Chancellor.”

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