The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Governing Council has announced Professor Theophilus Soyombo as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Soyombo’s appointment was announced in a statement released by the Registrar and Secretary to the council, Oladejo Azeez.
The statement read: “My attention has been drawn to a document circulating under the hand and signature of the former Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS. The letter purports to deny his removal by the Governing Council of University at its Emergency Meeting of Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I am in my capacity as Registrar and Secretary to Council the only custodian of the minutes of Council and the authorising officer on behalf of Council to issue official statements pertaining to all Council Affairs.
“Members of the public are hereby advised to totally disregard the statement attributed to the said former Vice Chancellor. The position remains that he was lawfully removed by the Governing Council at a meeting fully attended by all Council members.
“I also wish to use the opportunity to inform members of the public that Council at the said meeting duly appointed Professor Theophilus Omololu Soyombo of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos as Vice Chancellor of the University in an Acting Capacity.”
This comes after the Unilag’s Governing Council announced Ogundipe’s sack on Wednesday shortly after a meeting with the council members.
Seven members voted for his removal while four voted against the decision to remove him, urging their counterparts to suspend him, The Punch reports.