- The University of Ilorin has been declared a terrorist organisation
- The institution was declared a terrorist organization by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)
- The union alleged that Unilorin and its leadership was aimed at suppressing legitimate industrial actions and exposure of illegalities in the university
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared the University of Ilorin as a terrorist organisation.
The union declaration followed the reported sack of the ASUU chairman, Kayode Afolayan, for allegedly exposing corrupt practices of the institution's vice chancellor, Abdulganiyu Ambali.
In its letter, the chairman and zonal coordinator of the University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Ayodeji Omole and Ade Adejumo, said Unilorin under the leadership of Ambali is a terrorist organization.
They accused the institution of efforts to suppress legitimate industrial actions and exposure of illegalities in the university.
“Indeed, the university prides itself in its ability to kill off (members of) staff and students that are connected in any way to ASUU leadership. This hate crime on the part of the university is usually carried out under the guise of uninterrupted academic calendar. Yet, many universities have also maintained a stable academic calendar without destroying union members or their careers.
"To all intents and purposes, Unilorin has become a terrorist organisation as far as industrial relation is concerned.
“Our branch chairman, Dr. Afolayan, on behalf of the union, signed a letter addressed to the school governing council to look into the infringement against the university Rules and Regulations committed by Prof. Ambali. However, rather than retrace his steps, the outgoing vice-chancellor issued a query to Afolayan alleging that they circulated an unspecified leaflet against the vice-chancellor," the letter read.
ASUU also alleged that Ambali smuggled his wife, Taiwo Ambali, into the university through the temporary appointment route as lecturer 1 without following due proceedings.
The union also said Ambali's wife was later promoted in less than one to the rank of a senior lecturer against the three years specified by regulation.
“On September 21, 2017, the university administration completed another cycle of impunity, lawlessness and disregard for due process with the termination of appointment of Afolayan.
“Equally worrisome is the seeming connivance of relevant authorities with Unilorin in its dastardly pursuit. For example, our union, since December 2016, had submitted petitions to the EFCC, ICPC and the CCB but until now results of ongoing investigations have not been made known to the public.
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"Our union also wrote petitions to the Ministry of Education and the Visitor to the school but no concrete step has been taken. The silence by these relevant agencies and authorities casts serious doubt on the commitment of government in the anti-graft war,” the union added.
Legit.ng earlier reported that ASUU announced a conditional suspension of its less than one month strike.
The union after a meeting asked lecturers to resume duty.
However, ASUU said, the strike will kick off again in October should the federal government fails to fulfills its pledge to the union.
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