By Oye Ola Oladimeji
The university of Ibadan community was on Monday shutdown over a peaceful protest embarked on by the students. The students, who were directed to vacate the hall of residence before 6Pm of the said date, were caught stranded as observed by our reporter.
Mr. Olatunji Oladejo, the school’s Director of Communications and Publication, made this known to pressmen in Ibadan when asked about the latest development. Mr. Olatunji claimed the closure is inevitable as the management of the institution are trying to prevent crises from the protest embarked on by the students.
However, the President of university of Ibadan student union, Mr. Ojo Aderemi has in an online interactions, berates the actions of the management, saying “the university used to be a place of intellectual crossfire and democratic coexistence but which could only happen in the past”, he continued by saying “The Vice Chancellor is always acting on some orders, you discuss something with him, he goes back and comes out to do something else”.
At the hit of the discussion, the union leader took a jibe at the commissioner of police of the state for his inhuman treatments of students. The president claimed they were threatened in a phone call which was meant to scare them from having their planned peaceful protest, “he threatened in a phone call that we are going to pick corpses if we demonstrated, but we called his bluff and blocked the road”.
Mr. Ojo Aderemi also lashed out to some union leaders who has not been proactive in their dealings with union affairs in Nigerian universities. He made this known when he said “The union too has been too slow in its actions. The leaders have not been proactive to be a force of the students.”
Recalled that the peaceful demonstration was as a result of student’s demands for good welfare condition, unjust suspension of students on campus, attack on students’ rights, and non-issuance of student’s identification cards for 3 semesters among others.
All efforts to speak with the commissioner of police proved abortive as his line indicates out of network coverage as at the time of writing this report.