The sacked Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has instructed Mike Ezekhome, SAN, to file a suit to challenge his removal as the vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos.
In the letter titled: ‘Instruction to institute legal action against the Council and Pro-Chancellor and others of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos’, Ogundipe said the act of the Governing Council of the university “purportedly removing” him from office was “illegal and unconstitutional”, adding that it 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”.
The letter reads further: “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.”
It would be recalled that the embattled vice-chancellor was removed from office by the governing council of the university yesterday for “financial impropriety and misconduct and subsequently appointed Professor Theophilus Soyombo to replace in an acting capacity.
Hours after the announcement of his dismissal, he issued a statement urging the public to disregard his purported sack, saying he still remains the vice-chancellor of the institution.