Tension mounted on Wednesday as lecturers at the University of Lagos, Akoka, protested against the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin.

The lecturers, who marched around the school, gathered under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, UNILAG branch.

The placard-carrying protesters, who chanted slogans against the pro-chancellor, called for his removal.

The protest followed a week of the renewed clash between the varsity management led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, and the governing council.

Ogundipe had announced that 13,489 graduating students would be conferred with degrees, diplomas, and certificates from March 9 to 13.

However, the National Universities Commission, in a memo, called for the suspension of the event.

It was reported that the NUC halted the program after Babalakin complained to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, that the varsity council was sidelined from the convocation ceremonies.

UNILAG ASUU Chairman, Dele Ashiru, said during the protest they had reviewed the circumstances that led to the postponement of the convocation.

He claimed the reports obtained by the congress revealed Babalakin was dictatorial, hence they made a resolution to declare him a persona non grata.

Ashiru said, “After taking an analytical perspective of this unwarranted postponement, the congress noted the damaging activities of the pro-chancellor of this university.

He urged the lecturers to enforce the resolution, adding that any day Babalakin was seen at the institution, he should be thrown out.

A senior official of the varsity, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed a loyalist of Babalakin was sent out of the ASUU congress.

While urging the protesters to direct their anger at the NUC which canceled the convocation, he said his actions followed by the laws governing the university.