FUNNAB crisis: I will be vindicated —VC

The embattled Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNNAB), Professor Olusola Oyewole, on Thursday, said that he would come out clean over allegations of corruption and abuse of office, leveled against him in a petition filed before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He equally sued for peace among the agitating labour unions and the students body as a whole.

Oyewole who spoke with newsmen in Abeokuta, described the crisis rocking the university as “internal politics”, insisting that he would be given a clean bill at the end of the anti-graft agency investigation into the matter.

Nigerian Tribune recalled that three members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Comrades Salaam Sobour, Lasun Somoye and Emmanuel Bankole were suspended indefinitely by the VC, which resulted into a protest by members of the union on Wednesday.

He argued that the suspension of the affected SSANU members followed due process in accordance with the university regulations.

The VC said he did not want to comment further on the ongoing investigation, saying he believed that the agency would do a thorough job.

The union also called for the immediate removal of Oyewole and other members of the Governing Council from office.

However, the VC said that the students unrest that happened last Thursday, could not have been unconnected with some external interest that wanted to bring the name of the university into disrepute.

He said, “It’s just that there may be some vested, external interest in what happened. Our students are naturally peaceful students, they are not used to that type of activities but for some external influences which we suspect.