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Traditionalist Invade OAU Campus Over Appointment Of New VC

Traditionalists wearing white robes, invaded the campus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife on Monday, in continuation of protests by Ife indigenes over the appointment of the new VC of the institution, prof. Adebayo Bamire.

The invasion caused panic among students, who were receiving lectures, since some of the lecturers in the institution are not members of the academic staff union of universities (ASUU).

They were joined by indigenes who blocked all gates leading to the institution, as well as all roads leading to the university.

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The protesters stormed, Sabo, Lageirei, Mayfair and stopped at campus gate with their placards inscribed as “no Ife, no VC in OAU’’, “Ife candidate merits it’’, “give us OAU VC’’, among others.

Ife indigenes expressed their displeasure over the appointment of the new VC, saying that an indigene of the town could have been appointed instead.

The protests broke out since March 17, when the professor of agricultural economics, Bamire was announced by the institution’s governing council.

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