Following the reported sack of the ASUU chairman, Kayode Afolayan, for allegedly exposing corrupt practices of the institution's vice chancellor, Abdulganiyu Amba, The union declared The University of Ilorin as a terrorist organization.
In its letter, the chairman and zonal coordinator of the University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Ayodeji Omole and Ade Adejumo, said Unilorin under the leadership of Ambali is a terrorist organization. They accused the institution of efforts to suppress legitimate industrial actions and exposure of illegalities in the university. “Indeed, the university prides itself in its ability to kill off (members of) staff and students that are connected in any way to ASUU leadership.
This hate crime on the part of the university is usually carried out under the guise of uninterrupted academic calendar. Yet, many universities have also maintained a stable academic calendar without destroying union members or their careers.
"To all intents and purposes, Unilorin has become a terrorist organization as far as industrial relation is concerned. “Our branch chairman, Dr. Afolayan, on behalf of the union, signed a letter addressed to the school governing council to look into the infringement against the university Rules and Regulations committed by Prof. Ambali. However, rather than retrace his steps, the outgoing vice-chancellor issued a query to Afolayan alleging that they circulated an unspecified leaflet against the vice-chancellor," the letter read.
ASUU also alleged that Ambali smuggled his wife, Taiwo Ambali, into the university through the temporary appointment route as lecturer 1 without following due proceedings. The union also said Ambali's wife was later promoted in less than one to the rank of a senior lecturer against the three years specified by regulation.
Meanwhile, The Management of the University of Ilorin has said that the recent branding of the institution as a ‘terrorist organization’ by the chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Ayodeji Omole, is false and unfortunate. The Unilorin authority also noted in the statement that the university had actively promoted the nation’s educational ideals and helped to foster peace and stability in the society, among other goals, since its foundation. “While the university is not ready to join issues with this fellow, who appears hell bent to drag the good names that Unilorin has made for itself over the years in the mud, we want to make it abundantly clear that the disciplinary action recently taken by the university against two members of its staff, which is the basis for his outburst, followed due process and it was in line with the laid down rules and regulations as contained in the University’s Conditions of Service.”
It added, “We wonder when an internal affair of the University of Ilorin has now become the business of the University of Ibadan ASUU chairman. We recall that this is the same fellow that recently alleged that the University of Ilorin had increased its tuition fees and shamefacedly took the false news to the media.