UNILAG Senate Withdraws Suit Against Ogundipe’s Removal As VC


The Senate of the University of Lagos State (UNILAG) on Monday filed an application at the National Industrial Court to discontinue a suit challenging the removal of Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the University’s Vice-Chancellor (VC).

Recall that Ogundipe was removed by the university’s Governing Council on August 12 and was replaced Ogundipe with Prof. Theophilus Soyombo as the university’s Acting VC.

The defendants in the suit marked NICN/LA/283/2020 were the governing council, its now ‘suspended’ Chairman, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN); the Registrar, Mr Oladejo Azeez; Ogundipe and Soyombo.

The senate, through Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), its counsel, had in the suit prayed the court to declare that Ogundipe’s removal was unprocedural, void and null.

The senate also prayed the court to restrain Soyombo from parading himself as the university’s Acting VC.

However, on Monday, the Senate informed the court that it was withdrawing the suit.

It stated: “Take notice that the claimants in this suit hereby wholly discontinue this suit against the defendants.

It had also prayed the court to restrain Soyombo from parading himself as UNILAG acting VC.

However, the Senate, through its counsel, Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), filed an application on Monday to discontinue the suit.

Consequently, the senate on Monday elected UNILAG’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development Services) Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, the Acting VC.