*Here’s Why LAUTECH Just Expelled Twelve Students*
The management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, on Wednesday, expelled four students and suspended eight others who allegedly sparked “crisis” after the Students’ Union election on June 13.
The University Registrar J.A. Agboola said in a statement that the management approved the sanction after it “considered at length the report and recommendation of the panel set up to investigate the student crisis.”
Eight out of the twelve sanctioned students, including the son of ex-Osun SSG Moshood Adeoti, were currently in their final year.
In an earlier statement on June 16 after the Students’ Union election, the University, in an attempt to debunk a report by gossip blog Naijaloaded, had denied there being any “chaotic situation,” stating that there was “No fire in LAUTECH over Students’ election.”
The University PRO Lekan Fadeyi had, however, further stated that a few students belonging to “unrecognized” political groups “wanted to start trouble” after the election which “was held peacefully.”
He alleged that one of the students who previously served as the Speaker of the Students’ Representative Council “led thugs carrying guns and machetes” to invade the office of the Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs Dr Sunday Adewale, and that he also ambushed the Dean’s residence the previous night “threatening to kill him.”
Four days later, on June 21, the University declared all unregistered groups illegal, a move which was believed to be directed at the political groups in the institution.
The expulsion was, however, met with mixed opinions by the students as the news is coming amid rumours to increase the school fees to as high as N300,000 from the current N150,000, which was also a recent increment from N72,500.
“They have unjustly rusticated numbers of students’ leaders on the basis of demonstration without vandalization after the last students’ union election,” said Oke Oluwaseun Isaac a former students’ union leader of the university.
Oyedeji Ahmed, an activist and recent graduate of LAUTECH said, “I am not opposed to sanitizing the institution, neither am I in support of students’ act of lawlessness or indiscipline but a decision at this crucial time is unhealthy.”