Friday 12 April 2019

U.I Suspends Student Union Leader Who Led A Protest Demanding Identity Cards For Students In 2017

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The management of the University of Ibadan has suspended one of its student, Ojo Aderemi, for leading a protest in 2017 over the school’s inability to provide identity cards for students.

Mr Aderemi, who spoke with Premium Times on Thursday, said the institution has handed him a four-semester suspension.

This means the 300 level student will lose two academic years.

In May 2017, after becoming the students’ union president, Mr Aderemi presided over a congress that resolved protested the failure of the university to provide them identity cards.

The students also demanded for the use of electric-powered cooking appliance in their hostels. The peaceful protests forced the university to be shut for weeks.
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The university also suspended students’ union activities in the school.

Mr Aderemi, on Thursday, told a PT correspondent that the university suspended him on Wednesday for his role in the 2017 protest.

“I was informed about the panel’s decision yesterday,” he said. “I have been suspended for four semesters,” he told the correspondent.

The University’s spokesperson, Tunji Oladejo, said he had no knowledge of the suspension.

It is fast becoming a norm in Nigeria for university authorities to suspend students over critical articles and protest.

In 2018, the University of Ibadan suspended a student, Adekunle Adebajo, over a critical newspaper article published two years earlier.

Adebajo, a student journalist, wrote an article titled “UI: The irony of fashionable rooftops and awful interiors” in The Guardian of April 2016 about poor facilities at the university.

The article drew attention to the deplorable state of the facilities at the Nigerian premier university.

In 2016, a student of University of Lagos, Adeyeye Olorunfemi of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, department of Building, was rusticated for four semesters for criticising the management of the institution.

Olorunfemi was suspended for criticising the leadership of the institution on their inability to manage situations as “democrats”. This was highlighted in an article tilted, ‘The Senate of the University of Lagos; a Conglomeration of Academic Ignorami,’ which was published on Facebook.

A student of the Redeemer’s University, Debo Adedayo, was expelled by the school’s management a few weeks to his graduation for criticising the school in a post on social media in 2017.

The school also blocked the online E-portal of other four students; Kazeem Olalekan Isreal, Oyedeji Samson, Gbenga Oloniniran, and Afolabi Samuel.

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