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Unilag Senate withdraws suit against Babalakin, Governing Council

By Michael Ojo

The Senate of the University of Lagos on Monday filed an application to withdraw the suit it earlier filed before the National Industrial Court (NIC) challenging the University’s Governing Council over the sack of the varsity’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

In the suit, marked NICN/LA/283/2020, the UNILAG Senate kicked against Ogundipe’s sack by the university’s Governing Council and his replacement with Prof.  Theophilus Soyombo, as acting VC.

The application may not be unconected with the election by the Senate, of Prof Folasade Ogunsola as Acting Vice Chancellor on Monday.

The defendants in the suit were the varsity’s Governing Council, its now suspended Pro- Chancellor, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN), the Registrar, Mr Oladejo Azeez, Soyomo and Ogundipe.

The Senate had sought a court declaration that Ogundipe’s purported removal by the Governing Council vide an August 12, 2020 letter, was not procedural and was null and void.

The Senate had also prayed the court to restrain Soyombo from parading himself as UNILAG acting VC.

However, the Senate, through its counsel, Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), filed an application on Monday to discontinue the suit.

Osipitan told our correspondent that the decision to withdraw the suit followed latest developments.

The President had on Friday suspended both Babalakin and Ogundipe and reversed Soyombo’s appointment as acting VC.

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