LEGAL FIRM ORDERS FOR THE REINSTATEMENT OF OAU SUSPENDED STUDENTS.
Trailing the suspension of the four students of Obafemi Awolowo University, a letter issued from Alfred Adegoke Chambers in Osun state to the varsity management demanded for the immediate reinstatement of the Students.
The law chambers' client is Omole Ibukun, a final year of the department of Civil Engineering, a student activist and a secretary of the Education Rights Campaign.
The law firm tagged the act of the school as arbitrary and unconstitutional as against the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria that states that; no one should be denied the entrenched rights.
Also, the letter issued on 25th of October stated that their client was at Osogbo for private family engagement on the day of protest; implying that Omole Ibukun was not involved in the protest.
After giving various premises for arguments against the suspension of their client, it was stated in the excerpt of the letter that;
"Consequently, we hereby demand for the reinstatement of our client. Take notice that in the event of your failure to accede to the provisions of our demand, our client shall have no other option than to take all available democratic and legal actions to enforce his constitutionally entrenched rights."
Speaking with Barr. Yemi Abiona, a partner of the chambers, he confirmed the issuance of the letter and explained to OAU KILONSHELE that they've not gotten a reply from the university as regards the sent letter.
"Up till now, we've not gotten any response from the school. There is nothing unlawful in citizens protesting. It is a democratic right of everyone not to talk of students. The university environment should be a place to build people with divergent views and not dummies. We expect the University to take adequate actions to save itself from embarrassment."
However, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju, in a conversation with OAU KILONSHELE , made it known that the university is not moved by the demands from the law firm.
" Look, a lawyer cannot compel the university administration to undo what have been done. There were procedures that were followed in arriving at the suspension of such students and no legal practitioner from anywhere will just use fiat to ask the university management to reinstate students. It is not done anywhere! The best any lawyer can do is to take the university to court and not writing from the comfort of his chambers." Abiodun opined.
Let it be know that four students; Omole Ibukun, Oluwalade Babatunde, Udeh John and Jacob Grace were suspended on the 11th of October as regards a protest against the Six days of power outage in the university campus. They were alleged of criminal activities pending police investigations.
Olufemi Alfred .0.
OAU kilonshele news outfit