A student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in Ogun State, Ifemosu Micheal Adewale, who was expelled by the university for alleged insubordination and defamation of character through an open letter he posted on his Facebook page to the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Kolawole Salako, has debunked the allegation.
Ifemosu who was studying Forestry and Wildlife at FUNAAB and in his second year at the institution, was expelled by the university authorities after the institution’s disciplinary committee found him guilty of the said offences.
Denying the allegations of insubordination and defamation of character, he said the letter was merely used as a cover-up adding that his expulsion was a witch-hunt because for his membership of a political party, the African Action Congress (AAC), Ogun state, of which he is the general secretary. Incarcerated human rights activist and publisher of the online news portal, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, was the presidential candidate of the AAC.
Ifemosu disclosed while being interviewed by the School Disciplinary Committee, one of the members of the committee informed him he had made research on him and knows about his alliance with Omoyele Sowore.
He said he wrote about the school’s transportation system and the indiscriminate arrest of students of the institution by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) within the school premises.
Expatiating further, the student said the FUNAAB Bureau of Transportation (FUNAABOT) performed below expectations as there were inadequate buses to convey almost 15,000 students of the institution.
He said, in his article, he demanded an explanation from the school management, the reasons for the unavailability of buses to convey the students to school, adding he did not query how the FUNAABOT spent the money on exotic cars as alleged by the institution.
Ifemosu said further that the disciplinary committee asked him if he knew that the Vice Chancellor was the Buhari of FUNAAB and when he asked for an explanation of the question, he was told that the Vice-Chancellor represents President, Muhammadu Buhari in the University and since his affiliation is against him then he is against the Vice-Chancellor of the school.
The institution’s authority however denied that he was being witch-hunted for his political affiliation adding, students are free, that they are adults and that they can affiliate with any political party of their choice and it is none of the FUNAAB’s business.