President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday reinstated the suspended Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
Ogundipe was suspended in August by the Governing Council of the university after the council headed by Dr. Wale Babalakin had accused Ogundipe of financial misappropriation among other acts of office abuse.
Following an investigation, the VC was said to be innocent of the charge, as he was not given the chances of defending himself.
In a press statement on Wednesday, Director Press and Public Relations, Ben-Bem Gooong, said the action taken against the VC did not follow due process.
Part of the statement read: “The Vice Chancellor was not granted an opportunity to defend himself on the allegations upon which his removal was based. He should accordingly be re-instated.
“All allegations made against the Vice Chancellor and the management of the University before and after the Constitution of the Special Visitation Panel should be referred to regular Visitation Panel for thorough investigation and necessary recommendations.”
In reaction to the action which did not follow the due process, President Buhari dissolved the governing council.
“The Governing Council of the University of Lagos Chaired by Dr. B. O. Babalakin is hereby dissolved.
“Mr. President hopes these steps will bring peace, stability, focus and direction to the University,” the statement read further.