VC suspended over protests

Prof. Lale had earlier sued the governing council, questioning the powers of the council to suspend him over allegations of incompetence in piloting the affairs of the university.

Photos from UNIPORT protest, April 11, 2016

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Port  HarcourtProf. Ndokwa Lale has reportedly been suspended by the institution's governing council.

The council came to this decision after its meeting on Monday, June 6.

According to Dailypost, Prof. Lale had earlier sued the governing council, questioning the powers of the council to suspend him over allegations of incompetence in piloting the affairs of the university.

The VC also obtained a court injunction restraining the governing council from placing him on suspension or sacking him as vice chancellor.

The suit which had its first hearing on May 31st 2016 was later adjourned, to come up for hearing today, Tuesday, June 7th 2016 at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.

The school management under the administration of Prof. Lale had enforced a policy of compulsory school fees payment before being allowed to sit for semester examinations.

This policy was adjudged as unfriendly and unpopular by the university students who took to the streets in protest.

The massive protest which took place on the day the semester examinations were to commence, claimed the lives of some students who were allegedly killed by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

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