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OAU student union leaders suspended for assaulting a professor

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Authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun
State, have suspended three student union leaders for
allegedly assaulting a professor.
Those suspended are the SU President, Omotayo Akande —
who bagged six semesters (three years); Public Relations
Officer, Emmanuel Ojedokun — four semesters (two years);
and the Secretary General, Seun Oketooto — four semesters
(two years).
The trio are all final year students and they would have
started their examinations in the next two months.
Students of the university, however, argued that the
suspension of their leaders have to do with their recent
agitation for better welfare conditions on campus.
Many OAU students had late last year protested against the
poor state of infrastructure on campus. The action, it was
gathered, prompted the authorities to forcibly shut the
institution for one month as well as suspended student
union activities.
Besides, our correspondent gathered that some student hall
leaders are currently facing a panel of enquiry for their roles
in the protest.
Akande confirmed his suspension in a statement to our
correspondent.
Akande, who is a 500-level Chemical Engineering student
said, “We will like to note that the union is currently
examining the situation and will try to adopt the best
approach to handle the victimisation and achieve not only
our reinstatement but also ensure that the cause for a better
welfare condition is achieved in the university.”
He claimed that none of the suspended students had any
record of impoliteness, adding that the protest was
embarked upon after diplomacy failed.
Meanwhile, the Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neo-
Liberal Attacks has faulted the suspension of the students.
The group described the action as not only escapist but also
undemocratic.
It added, “We wish to state that we strongly condemn the
victimisation of student activists by the authorities under
any guise; and we advise the OAU management to desist
from such a vindictive action.”

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