The Governing Council of one of top universities in Nigeria, the University of Lagos, UNILAG, on Wednesday announced the removal of Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor of the institution.
The Senate of the University, less than one hour after, declared that Ogundipe remained the VC of the University.
Both the Governing Council and the Senate made their positions known in two separate statements sent to newsmen.
According to the statement from the Council, Professor Ogundipe was removed following the council’s meeting held at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission, Abuja.
The meeting was presided over by its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN).
“11 of the 12 council members at the meeting were said to have voted for the removal of Prof. Ogundipe.
“He was accused of financial impropriety and gross misconduct,” the statement read.
Picking holes in the position of the Council, Professor Ogundipe declared that he remained the Vice Chancellor of the University.
“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,” the statement isaued by Ogundipe read.
“herefore, 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,” the statement concluded.
Here are the two conflicting statements: