Authorities of the University of Lagos, on Saturday, said a rusticated student of the institution, Mr. Olorunfemi Adeyeye, was arrested during the week because of his attempt to cause chaos in the school’s environs.
“Our attention was drawn to the recent arrest of Mr. Olorunfemi Adeyeye, who in spite of the regulations governing the conduct of rusticated students, organised a group of boys to cause commotion at the university’s gate. His subsequent arrest along with other non-students of the university (two of whom are serving youth corps members) was unconnected with any protest.
“It was a consequence of his desperate attempt to attract cheap publicity, unearned public sympathy and continuously bring the name of the university into disrepute. It should be reiterated that the earlier misdemeanour of Mr. Adeyeye attracted expulsion. The university Senate in tempering justice with mercy handed him a four-semester rustication. His recent conduct will do him no good,” Unilag’s Deputy Registrar (Information), Toyin Adebule, said in a statement.
The institution stated that Adeyeye’s posts on Facebook titled, ‘The Senate of the University of Lagos, a conglomeration of academic ignoramuses’ in which he made “unsubstantiated and insulting statements” about the person of the Vice Chancellor, and the entire academic staff of the University of Lagos, breached its ‘Social Misconducts and Penalties Regulations of University of Lagos.’
It said the offence listed on page 101 of “University of Lagos, 2015-2016, Students Information Handbook, item 8 captioned, ‘Cyber offence of any nature’ attracts a penalty of expulsion.”
According to Adebule, the rusticated student abused and insulted all the institution’s lecturers, accusing them of resisting the renaming of the university “because it gives them leverage to have sex with female students.”
“He avers that the first class honours degree in Chemical Engineering obtained by the Vice Chancellor in 1974 from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) is a waste. Our university is committed to awarding its certificates not only for learning but for character as well.
“Over 7, 000 degree and diploma certificates duly signed by the vice chancellor and registrar of the university are awarded every year. It is, therefore, surprising, that someone expecting to receive one of such certificates would cast aspersions on the entire learning processes and academic integrity of the university,” he stated.