OAU Suspends Four Students Over Protest

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has suspended four students for leading other students in a protest. The affected students are Ibukun Omole, from the department of Civil Engineering; Tosin Jacob, Law; John Udeh, Arts and Social Sciences; and Babatunde Oluwalade of the Department of English.

Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer, of the institution, said in a statement that the suspended students were involved in criminal activities.

“The suspended 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”, the statement said.

“The students, together with other persons, vandalised commercial transport vehicles of the members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Ile Ife, and drove two other vehicles and a Cabstar van, loaded with their groups, to More Police Station where other students, who were being interrogated by the police, were forcefully released by their group.”

The statement said the affected students were ordered to leave the university premises pending when police investigation would be completed.

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