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LAUTECH VC Seeks Justice On ‘Step Aside’ Directive



LAUTECH VC Seeks Justice On 'Step Aside' Directive

The Vice Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho (LAUTECH), Professor Michael Olufisayo Ologunde has expressed optimism that he would be exonerated after the planned investigation into his administration, even as details of the allegations against him are yet to be disclosed.

While responding to questions from pressmen on the “step aside” directive issued to him by the Oyo State government, Ologunde stressed that he was very much concerned about getting his name cleared over alleged infractions still being scripted against him.

The Oyo State government, in a letter signed by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, on behalf of the governor, directed the vice chancellor to step aside and hand over to the next senior officer, to ensure the smooth running of the institution.

Ologunde pointed out that no reason had been given for the directive, adding that he was particularly hoping that the investigation planned by the government would be instituted in good time so that necessary details could be made to the public.

Confronted on the report by some sections of the press that he had accepted the “step aside” directive “in good faith,” he quipped:

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“How would I have accepted a blatant injustice in good faith? I only accepted the directive of the commissioner to step aside, of course, with the assurance that I would be given a good opportunity to defend myself during the investigation promised by him in due time.”

Already, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), LAUTECH branch, have condemned the “step aside” order, describing it as illegal and vexatious.

In a statement jointly signed by the ASUU LAUTECH Chairperson and Secretary, Dr. Biodun Olaniran and Dr. Toyin Abegunrin respectively, the union said the directive was received with shock as it runs foul of rule of law and established protocol of the university.

Rising from an emergency virtual meeting on Monday, SSANU, LAUTECH branch Chairman, Comrade Fajoye Hamza Olalere appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to rescind the directive and allow the rule of law to prevail.

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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies




Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.

His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor



BREAKING: Adeleke Freezes Osun Accounts , Reverses Appointments After Swearing In As Governor
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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



Anyim and Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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