Ousted Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has engaged the services of Mike Ozekhome (SAN) to help challenge his removal in court.
In a letter written to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof. Ogundipe said his removal from office by the Governing Council of the University was illegal and unconstitutional. He said the process was carried out without due process and was contrary to the laws of UNILAG governing the discipline, suspension and removal of the Vice Chancellor.
The letter further instructed Mike Ozekhome to start legal proceedings against the Council, the Pro Chancellor of the University, Prof. Wale Babalakin, as well as other staff members of UNILAG who connived to remove him from office.
Excerpts from the letter read;
“I hereby formally brief you to institute legal proceedings against the Council, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos and others based on their illegal and unconstitutional act of purportedly removing me from office as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.
“I honestly believe that this action was carried out without due process and contrary to the University Act and other extant laws governing discipline, suspension and removal of the Vice-Chancellor of the University. I humbly urge you to use your legal experience to redress this grave injustice meted out to me.”
The removal of Ogundipe as VC was announced during a meeting of the UNILAG Governing Council held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja, on Wednesday.