The Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, according to reports has allegedly accused the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the institution of operating an illegal bank account.
In a letter to the union, the VC said that the operation of the account by Isaac Oyewunmi and Adebowale Suenu, who were dismissed by the governing council of the university in 2017, was inappropriate.
Fagbohun said the duo had been collecting monthly allowance of N50,000 each from the general monthly deductions of members of the union adding that the university would not allow its mechanisms to be used to aid and abet fraud and corruption.
In response to the VC’s allegations, the LASU-ASUU accused Fagbohun of using his office illegally.
In letters dated January 11 and January 14, 2018, the union’s secretary and assistant secretary, Tony Dansu and Adeolu Oyekan respectively, said the VC has been meddling in the internal workings of the union and also said it is only the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union that can determine and recognize its leadership. They said Oyewunmi remains the chairman of the union in the university.
“You would please recall that Dr. Isaac Oyewunmi was purportedly dismissed on what the union regards as false allegations and trumped up charges of “demand for money from students” and not for “extortion of money from students” as claimed in the said letter.
“In view of the foregoing, our union wishes to counsel that the university administration under your leadership retrace its steps from this ignoble path which has become unfashionable in the annals of this university,” the union stated.
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