The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has said that Students’ Union leaders and some students in the university were suspended for “specific acts of misconduct.”

Recall that the UNILAG SU leaders and some students have been suspended for a period ranging from two to four semesters.

Though, the students considered there suspension as injustice and unfair, the Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Mr Toyin Adebule, in a statement, said each student faced the panel set up by the senate to investigate the protest.

The statement reads: “We wish to point out that no student was punished on the ground of solely engaging in the protest. The students were duly investigated for specific acts of social misconduct, which they carried out. They were individually investigated for instances of wrongdoing in breach of the Social Misconduct and Penalties Regulations of the University of Lagos.

“Specific acts of misconduct during the protest for which they were punished include: Locking the university gates, locking staff inside the Student Affairs Office, harassing lecturers and disrupting lectures and/or examination, assaulting and damaging the vehicle of a visitor and a student, invading the premises of UNILAG Ventures and carting away products of the company, soliciting funds externally under false pretence in the name of the university.

“The students were also found culpable of other activities capable of damaging the reputation of the university and impunging on the integrity of the university.

“We wish to correct the view that the student leadership were punished across board for the protest.”

Some of those suspended are Muhammed Olaniyan (President), Adeyanju Adenipekun (Speaker, Students’ Representatives Council), Emmanuel Afolabi (General Secretary),  Ojo Oluwatobi (Financial Secretary), Akinnubi Damilola Pedro (Chief Whip) and Jumai Fabuyi (Public Relations Officer).

The iWitness NG authoritatively gathered that no fewer than ten non-executives were suspended, despite the withdrawal of some suspension letter by the school management.

Justifying their action, one of the suspended students, Emmanuel Afolabi in an appeal letter against the recommendation of the disciplinary panel wrote, ” I was alleged to have committed the following offences: Locking of the Student Affairs Office; locking of the two University gates; declaring a protest without Congress approval.

“The Dean of Students Affairs had called me about 11:55pm on the night of 6th April(the first day of the protest), he also spoke with the President of the Union Mr Muhammed Olaniyan, and the Social Secretary Mr. Oluku Onyeka, and he commended us for not locking the school gates during our protest. I had told the Dean that night that all he needed to do to stop the protest was to get the Vice-Chancellor to address the students on all the issues bothering us, that is all the students wanted, we expected that the Dean would do as we agreed but he did not.

“We waited for the Dean to get the VC to talk to us till about 11:45am on the 7th April, when he did not, and the protest was getting to a stage where we had to protect the University and our members, the Union locked the gates after a unanimous agreement. That decision was made to prevent the miscreants outside the University from coming in to hijack the protest, and to protect our members that are inside the school too. That is the reason for the message that I sent on behalf of the Union.”

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