The Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Ndokwa Lale, has been suspended by the governing council of the university after Its meeting today, Monday 6th June 2016.
The Vice Chancellor 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.
Prof. Lale further went ahead to obtain 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 tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7th 2016 at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.
The school management under the administration of Prof. Laale 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 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). They were said to had resorted to the use of maximum force to dispel the protesting students.
The protest and death of a final year student, Peter Ofurum led to the closure of the university for some months now.