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IN about all moral contexts, justice gets seen to be done only when an adjudicator is even-handed in the measures dealt to the contending parties. No matter the justification, it is bad optics when one of two contenders is prematurely reinforced while the other is shot down. But that seems what has played out in the leadership row at the University of Lagos (Unilag) between Vice-Chancellor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and the now dissolved governing council under Dr. Wale Babalakin.

Following the crisis that rocked the university when the Babalakin-led council removed Ogundipe as vice-chancellor over allegations of financial misdeeds and other improprieties on August 12, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari, as Visitor, raised a special visitation panel on August 21 and directed both Babalakin and Ogundipe to step aside from their positions. That decision itself rankled Babalakin, who argued that there were indications of bias against him and the…

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