The management of University of Lagos (UNILAG), has explained the reason behind the arrest of Olorunfemi Adeyeye, a rusticated student of the institution.
Adeyeye’s Facebook post – ‘The Senate of the University of Lagos, a conglomeration of academic ignoramuses’ – led to his expulsion from the school.
Subsequently, the rusticated student was arrested because of his plan to lead a group of boys to cause commotion at the school gate, Toyin Adebule, Unilag’s deputy registrar (information), said in a statement.
The post, which breached UNILAG’s ‘social misconducts and penalties regulations’, saw Adeyeye accuse lecturers of resisting the renaming of the university “because it gives them leverage to have sex with female students.”
Adebule said: “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.
“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.”
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