Protest: UNIBEN shut down over Student Protest

Protest: UNIBEN shut down over Student Protest
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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami has announced the immediate closure of the University, following the protest that rocked the institution on Tuesday

They described the decision as unpleasant particularly amidst the “unfavourable economic situation’’ in the country. In a statement issued by the Registrar of the institution, Mr Ademola Bobola, Salami ordered all students to vacate their hostels and the University premises not later than noon on Wednesday.

“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 was to avoid the learnt report which the protests could be hijacked by hoodlums.

The Punch Reported that Professor Lilian Salami, on Wednesday, rescinded the decision to impose N20,000 late registration fee on students of the institution.

Trouble started on Tuesday when the students took to the street to protest the fee, as they blocked the Lagos-Benin Expressway and the Ekheuna Road, where both campuses of the school were located.

The aggrieved students on Wednesday ignored the order of the varsity Senate shutting the school, as they continued their protest over the fee.

The students, who insisted on the decision being rescinded, went to the official lodge of the vice chancellor and marched her to the gate, where she announced the decision of the management to remove the fee.