UNILAG restores the studentship of Adeyeye Olorunfemi six years after expulsion for Facebook remark

NEWS DIGEST Adeyeye Olorunfemi is once again a student at the University of Lagos after the school authorities reactivated his student’s portal on Monday six years after it was deactivated owing to much controversy in 2016.

“It’s victory at last, however it is not the ultimate,” Mr Olorunfemi said. “What I would consider as victory in entirety is the upturning of the system that breeds the long network of oppressors in this country.”

Adeyeye was a 400 level student of Building at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences when he was suspended along with some student leaders, largely for being responsible for the 2016 protest that led to the shutting down of the school.

Adeyeye and other student leaders were holding a 3-day old protest on 8th of April, 2016 to object to the poor welfare of students on campus when security operatives arrived at the scene of the protest to quash the movement. The protest prompted the university management to indefinitely suspend the student’s union.

While Adeyeye was initially suspended, he was eventually rusticated after he openly criticised the school’s leadership on the subject of the students union’s protest.

In a Facebook post, which he subsequently published on other social platforms, Adeyeye called the Senate of the University a “conglomeration of academic ignorami.”

The school authorities would afterwards tag Adeyeye as responsible for leading a team from the National Association of Nigerian Students—Save Unilag Coalition—to disrupt activities at the office of the Dean of Student Affairs on March 31, 2016.

Upon Adeyeye’s rustication, the activism network was rife with disappointment and has increased civil advocacy and legal frameworks year on year to demand his reinstatement. The news of his reinstatement is being widely celebrated on social media.

Human rights activist Omoyele Sowore, who contested the 2019 presidential election, said, “congratulations and best wishes! You fought a good fight. We are proud of you!”

Adeyeye has previously said he has no regret on the circumstances that resulted in his rustication. In an interview in 2016, Adeyeye said the university management needed to print a new handbook in 2017 to justify the offence he was charged with.

Adeyeye told the News Digest that no student should have to face such harsh treatment.

“There has been a lot of persecution, protests and arrests within that six years,from 2016 till now and no student activist should go through that injustice again,” he said.

“I want to appreciate everyone who have supported the cause through the years. I can’t thank Comrades enough,” he added.