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JUST IN: Drama as two Rectors resume duty at polytechnic in Osun

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There was mild drama on Thursday at the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, as two Rectors resumed duty on the institution’s campus.

Recall that the institution had been in crisis recently following the suspension of the Rector, Dr Tajudeen Odetayo on July 11, 2023, by the state government on allegation of fund misappropriation and appointing Mr Kehinde Alabi in an acting capacity.

However, Odetayo through his counsel, Rasheed Adeniyi, on August 21, 2023, approached the Industrial Court with an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants/respondents, their servants, privies, employees or howsoever described from giving effects to the letter of suspension dated 11th July, 2023 and letter of querry dated 1st August, 2023 given to the claimant/applicant herein or in any way interfering with the claimant/applicant’s position as the Rector of Osun State Polytechnic, pending the hearing and determination of motion on notice for interlocutory injunction before this court.

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Justice O. A. Ogunbowale, who presided over the matter in Lagos, granted the order sought by the claimant and restrained the state government and its agent from acting on the matter pending the determination of the suit before it.

But on Thursday, both Odetayo and Alabi resumed duty as rectors of the school with Odetayo and some workers supporting him resuming at the Rector’s office while Alabi and his supporters also gathered inside a hall.


Odetayo after arriving at the campus presented a court order to the Chief Security Officer before proceeding to the office escorted by a faction of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP in the school.

A few minutes later, Alabi along with his ASUP faction arrived at the school and converged inside a hall on the campus.

In a statement he personally issued and made available to newsmen by Tope Abiola, he charged students and staff to remain calm as the government is taking necessary steps to ensure peace returns to the campus

“I urge you to remain calm and go about your normal duties without any protest”, he said.

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