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General News of Saturday, 15 January 2022


Student protest: OAU management serves students queries, gives them 48 hours to respond

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife who were alleged to be leaders of the peaceful protest that rocked the ivory tower in October, 2021 have been served query letters by the Management of the university.

In a letter which emanated from the Office of the Registrar of the school and dated January 7, 2002, the OAU management stated the offences supposedly committed by the students during the protest and had given 48 hours to respond to the query stating reasons why they should not be punished for the alleged offences.

Recall that the students of OAU, Ile-Ife stated a peaceful protest in October, 2021 in the aftermath of the death of a student, Miss Adeshina Aishat who died at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ile Ife, after she was referred by the university’s health centre.

In order to maintain sanity, OAU management thereafter shutdown the school on October 2, 2021 and reopened it on November 5.

The shut down of the school was carried out while exams were ongoing and reopened about a month later in order for students to finish their examinations after the committee constituted by the school to carry out investigations submitted their reports.

Anonymous sources also revealed that some of the elected student representatives were also served query letters, a development which did not go down well with the student community who interpreted the action of management as downplaying the efforts of students in championing causes that has to do with their common interests.

Responding, Abiodun Olanrewaju, the university spokesperson maintained that the queried students were the arrowheads of the protest.

He explained that the query was meant for them to clear themselves of some of the issues raised because as matriculated students of the university, if they had not broken their matriculation oath, they had no cause to worry.

“But, if, through omission, negligence or any intentional act, the students broke the oaths in the course of their protests, there could be sanctions," Olanrewaju added.

While advising the concerned not to consider not responding to the query, the university PRO urged them to address the highlighted issues in due time for amicable resolution to be out forward.

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