Buhari Constitutes UNILAG Visitation Panel, Suspends Babalakin, Ogundipe

A collage file photo of University of Lagos (UNILAG) Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin and the institution's Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday constituted a Visitation Panel to look into the crisis at University of Lagos, NTA News has reported.

The President, who is the Visitor to the university, among other decisions mandated the panel to submit its report within two weeks.

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Members of the panel include: Prof. Tukur Sa’ad as the Chairman; Barrister Victor Onuoha as a member, Prof. Ikenna Oyindo member, Prof. Ekanem Braide, member, Prof. Adamu Usman, member, Chief Jimoh Bankole, member; and Barrister Grace Ekanem as Secretary.

NTA report added the Pro-Chancellor, Wale Babalakin, SAN and the Vice Chancellor, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, have been “suspended” from office as they are both to recuse themselves from performing their functions in office during the period of the visitation.

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Buhari also directed the Senate to convene an urgent meeting and appoint an Acting Vice Chancellor for the university, a directive which practically sacked the Acting Vice Chancellor, Theophilus Soyombo, who was appointed by the Babalakin-led Governing Council.

Idowu Sowunmi