The Governing Council of the Oyo State College of Education, Lanlate, has rusticated the Student Union President of the school, Olaitan Muhammed, over the protests that rocked the institution in November.
The letter of suspension, with reference number COEL/R/GCA 3/48, dated December 16, 2020, was signed by the acting Registrar of the school, M. O. Abioye.
Apart from the president, other student union leaders suspended by the college are Abel Opoola, Speaker of the student union, as well as Sheu Lawal, Yusuf Abdullahi and Qozeem Qudus.
The letter read, “You will recall that you appeared before the panel of investigation that was set up by the governing council to explain the roles that you played in the students’ violent demonstrations that took place on Friday, November 6 and Monday, November 9, 2020. The panel has since submitted its preliminary report.
“During deliberation and consideration of the report, the council approved the panel’s recommendation, which found you guilty of active participation in the wanton destruction of the college property. To this end, the council has directed that you are suspended for one semester i.e. the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic session.
“It is hoped that you will have learnt a lesson about maintaining peace and abstaining from violating the oath to be of good conduct that you signed during your matriculation.”
When contacted on the telephone, Muhammed said he and other affected students had received their suspension letters.
He, however, declined to make further comments on the development.
Students of the college had in November staged protests against the rector of the institution and the dean of student affairs, whom they levelled many allegations against.