PROF. REMI RAJI AS CHAIR, “ANTI- STUDENT” PANEL


Prof. Remi Raji

Mr. Kayode Bello formerly of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, was invited to a panel of investigation to look into what was tagged students’ disturbance of 14th September, 2011, in the University of Ibadan via a letter dated 27th October, 2011.
The Chair of that panel was Prof. Remi Raji, the Head of the English Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, and the present Vice Chancellorship aspirant, same institution.
That period, Tokunbo Salako, who led the protest, was the President of the Students’ Union, University of Ibadan.
It was a time the students of the University protested against the threats of Boko Haram insurgents to the University.
The students also protested poor learning conditions – there was no water or light for them to study and pass well their examinations.
Among those involved at the Panel were Toba Bankole who was invited as a witness and Dr. Ajayi of the History Department, University of Ibadan who indicted the students of the University of distrupting the examinations that time.
Prof. Olayinka Idowu , the incumbent Vice Chancellor of the University was the Deputy Vice Chancelor, Academics, then, but he was accused of sending conflicting messages to the Students’ Union President, Mr. Tokunbo Salako, and to the members of staff.
One message read that the University’s examinations would not hold while the other message read otherwise.
The commotion between the students and the members of staff resulted from these messages, but till date the outcome of the Panel’s investigation has not been made known.
However, neither the Students’ Union nor Prof. Olayinka Idowu was punished for the incident, though the invitation to Mr. Kayode Bello had already adjudged the incident to be “disturbance”.
The invitation letter partly read, ” As part of its ongoing investigation into the students’ disturbance of 14 September , 2011, you are hereby re-invited to the next meeting of the Panel which will hold at 12 noon on Monday, 31 October 2011, in room 63, Faculty of Arts.”

The letter of invitation to a panel chaired by Prof. Remi Raji.

The letter was signed by one Dr. Oladejo popularly called Larry K who works at the Peace and Conflict Studies Department, University of Ibadan.

Mr. Larry K was said to have been compensated to work at the University of Ibadan for his role in sustaining the Students’ Union Transition Committee (SUTC) that worked against the restoration of the Students’ Union in the institution for half a decade.
Meanwhile, Prof. Bamgbose Oluyemisi was the Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, then.

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