The former president of the University of Ibadan(UI) students Union, Aderemi Ojo has requested the Federal High Court in Ibadan to nullify his expulsion by the university authorities.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) recalls that UI authorities had in 2019 expelled the plaintiff over the alleged part he played in the protest that took place in the university in 2017.
Testifying before Justice Uche Agomoh on Tuesday, Ojo, who was then a 400 level student of the Department of History, said that he received 8 letters from the institution accusing him of gross misconduct.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Ola Adeosun, said that the expulsion of his client by the institution was a violation of his fundamental human rights.
Adeosun tendered 8 exhibits and prayed the court to ensure justice by compelling UI to allow Ojo to complete his studies in the university.
However, the counsel to U.I Mr. S. I Ajayi said that Ojo was expelled because he contravened the school’s rules and regulations that prohibited all forms of demonstration.
The U.I counsel, Ajayi tendered a copy of the inaugural speech made by Ojo when he was being sworn in as the U.I students’ union president as an exhibit.
Citing relevant portions of the Evidence Act, Adeosun prayed the court to discountenance Ajayi’s submission because the inaugural speech he tendered was not signed by anybody.
Justice Agomoh eventually adjourned the case until November 21st to deliver a ruling on the admissibility or otherwise of the exhibit tendered by the defense counsel and for the continuation of the hearing.