By Adejumo Kabir
Another student under suspension following October 5th and 6th, protests over incessant power outage on campus, Omole Ibukun, has written a letter of appeal to the university Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbode.
Omole Ibukun, a 500 level student of Department of Civil Engineering with the matriculation number CVE/2011/042 in the appeal letter dated 6th of February made available to our correspondent claimed not to be on campus on Friday, 6th of October, 2017.
“I hereby humbly write your good office to appeal for my reinstatement as a student of the university. I was suspended via a letter RO.62/Vol.XVII/205 dated 6th October, 2017, titled SUSPENSION FROM THE UNIVERSITY PENDING POLICE INVESTIGATIONS OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, and signed by the registrar of the university.
“The letter stated that I was part of disruptive activities on and outside the university campus on 5th and 6th October, 2017. The letter also said that I was under a police investigation for these aforesaid activities. May I humbly state from the onset that I was on the university campus on 5th of October, 2017 but was NOT on the campus on 6th October, 2017.
In respect of my activities on 5th of October, 2017, I wish to state that I did not have any intention of participating in a disruptive activity. I attended a legitimate congress of the students’ union called by the then president of the students’ union, to discuss issues of non-supply of power supply and other utilities on campus, on Thursday, 5th October, 2017. I was also part of a peaceful procession that was resolved to by the congress and carried out after the congress on the same day. No university property was vandalized or destroyed, neither was anyone molested, harassed or assaulted, from my observation as a participant in the procession.
My participation in the procession was not based on any intent of embarrassing the university and its officials (who I hold with much regard), or disrupting the activities on campus. Rather it was premised on drawing the attention of the university authorities to the plight of students, and seeking immediate relief for students, including myself, who have had to suffer power outage and water shortage for days”, part of the letter reads.
He further buttressed that he did not undertake any action as an individual but under the collective banner of the students’ union, which leadership organized a democratic congress to address the issue.
“Furthermore, I wish to add that I am not aware of any police investigation of my personality or activities as I have not been contacted by any police authority.”
He, however seeks the intervention of the Vice Chancellor to review his suspension. “I appeal that my studentship of the university be reinstated, to enable me achieve my dream of becoming a graduate from this prestigious university, having already spent at least five academic years of my life for this purpose.”
“Finally, in the occasion that any of my conducts is perceived by the university authorities to have caused any inconvenience to the university or any of its officials, I sincerely tendered my unreserved apology.
I thank you sir in anticipation of your favourable consideration of my appeal so as to enable me fulfill my dreams and ambition in life, which is presently affected by my continued suspension from the university.” The letter read in full.
It would be recalled that Obafemi Awolowo University management reinstated one out of the four students suspended for protesting poor welfare in October, John Udeh, a 200 level student of Arts and Social Science Education, following his letter of apology to the school on November 16th, 2017.
The Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Isiaka Aransi has also said that the university needs to reform its students to do what is right.
Babatunde Oluwalade, a 300 level student of Department of English, Emerald Jacob, a final year student of Faculty of Law, John Udeh, a 200 level student of Arts and Social Science Education and Omole Ibukun were those suspended in October for allegedly leading protests against power outage on campus.