UNIBEN shuts down amidst students’ protest

by Oluwatobi Tedunjaiye

The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), has order ordered the immediate closure of the institution following the protest that rocked the institution on Tuesday.

Prof. Lilian Salami , the Vice Chancellor in a statement issued by Mr. Ademola Bobola ordered all students to vacate their hostels and the University premises not later than 12pm on Wednesday.

According to the statement, “The Vice-Chancellor has reviewed the agitation by a section of the students’ body on Tuesday.”

“After due consultation and in the overall interest of the general students’ body, the Vice Chancellor has, on behalf of Senate, approved the closure of the University with immediate effect.”

“This is based on security reports to avoid the students’ action being hijacked by hoodlums; and thereby prevent any form of breakdown of law and order within and outside the campuses of the University,’’ the statement reads.

Prior to this development, students of the institution had blocked the ever-busy Benin-Lagos Expressway and the Ekheuan Road over a N20,000 late registration fee imposed by the school authority.


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