FeesMustFall Protests: University of Ibadan Issues Threatening Expulsion Letters to Student Activists After Protesting Fee Hike, Human Rights Activist Condemns Repression

The University of Ibadan (UI) has taken retaliatory measures against four student activists who staged protests against a massive fee hike from N20,000 to N400,000.

The letters of query issued to the students by the school management signals an intent to pursue their expulsion from the university for their participation in the protests.

Four students, including Aduwo Ayedele and Olamide Ghadegesin lyanuoluwa, have been singled out for punishment by the University of Ibadan’s management for their role in the protests against the unprecedented fee hike.

According to reports, the students’ names were specifically identified by the university administration for disciplinary action, with authorities viewing their involvement in the protests as a grave infraction warranting punishment.

Two additional students, Nice Linus and Adeyeye Olorunfemi, have also been targeted for punitive measures by the University of Ibadan. However, the University management describes the latter student as “an unknown person”.

In the letters, the management demanded that the student activists respond within 48 hours, to a series of unfounded allegations of misconduct, or else face immediate suspension from their studies.

The letter partly read: “The Student Affairs Division has received a report from the office of the Vice Chancellor proffered against you, that on Monday, 15 May 2024, yourself and three (3) others students including an unknown person (Adeyeye Oluwafemi), disrupted the swearing in ceremony for the newly elected Executives of the Student Union.

“At this event, Olamide Ghadegesin lyanuoluwa, Nice Linus, Adeyeye Oluwafemi (an unknown person) and yourself carried placards with scandalous inscriptions against school fees increment.

“If this allegation is true, your actions constitute an act of Gress Misconduct, particularly Unruly Behaviour in the presence of the Vice Chancellor and other members of the University Management.

“Please forward your response with supporting documents, if any, to the Deputy Registrar (Students) within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, stating why disciplinary action should not be taken against you on account of this allegation.

“Failure to respond to query within the period stipulated above and/or deliberate release of fals information constitutes an act of misconduct which may result in automatic suspension of you studentship.”

Meanwhile, Adeyeye Olorunfemi, a human rights activist whose name was included on the list of targeted students, has publicly denounced the intimidation tactics of the UI administration and voiced his support for the students’ right to protest against unfair treatment and oppressive fee hikes.

Taking to his X handle, he wrote, “For raising placards over the maddening fee hike (20k to 400k), UI Management has issued letters to student activists with the aim of expelling them.

“The struggle has just begun. The Management should be ready for serious mass actions!



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