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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has sacked the Vice-Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso, Prof Michael Ologunde.

The governor’s decision was communicated in a letter through the Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, on Friday.

The letter read, “His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State and the visitor to the Ladoke Akintola University, has directed that the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. M. O. Ologunde should step aside until further notice.

“Consequently, the VC has also been directed to hand over forthwith to the next principal officer in rank in order to ensure uninterrupted flow of normal activities of the institution.”

Makinde had said he was surprised that workers at the university started agitating payment of outstanding salaries immediately after the crisis rocking the university was resolved.

The Oyo State Government had taken ownership of the university formerly owned by the state and Osun State.

There were crying and confusion as fire razed the popular Araromi auto spare parts market at Agodi-Gate, Ibadan at dawn on Saturday.

Traders, scavengers and those living close to the market reportedly trooped to the scene as the fire raged.

The distressed traders were said to have called the attention of the Oyo State Fire Service to the scene of the incident as the people made frantic efforts to put out the fire.

Officials of the state fire service said the outbreak was caused by a power surge that emanated from one of the shops in the popular market.

It was learnt that electricity supply was restored to the market recently after several years of blackout.

A Toyota spare parts dealer in the market, who gave his name simply as Samson, said the last time such an incident was witnessed in the market was in 1983. “It was even not at a large scale like this,” Sampson said.

Items that were destroyed by the inferno include fairly used tyres and other spare parts.