UNIBEN closes campus and orders students to leave hostels
September 15 (THEWILL) – The rector of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Professor Lilian Salami, announced the immediate closure of the University.
The directive, which is contained in a notice issued Tuesday by the school’s registrar, ordered all students to leave school homes no later than “noon on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.”
The notice reads: “The Vice Chancellor reviewed the unrest in part of the student body today Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
“After consultation, and in the general interest of all students, the Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the Senate, approved the closure of the University with immediate effect.
“This is based on security reports to prevent student action from being hijacked by thugs; and thus prevent any form of breach of public order inside and outside the University’s campuses.
“Accordingly, all students must vacate the homes and premises of the University no later than 12 noon on Wednesday September 15, 2021.”
THEWILL reported that students at the University of Benin on Tuesday blocked the still busy Benin-Lagos highway to protest the late registration fee of N 20,000 imposed by school authorities.
The protesting students, who carried placards bearing inscriptions such as: ‘Federal Uni don turn BOWEN’; “UNIBEN no be BOWEN”, “Urgent 20k no be our budget”; “Oppression comes in different forms”; “We did not sign for this injustice,” played solidarity songs over a sound system.
Student Union (SUG) government chairman Benjamin Egwu, who denounced the hike, alleged that management threatened to withdraw any student who did not pay the late registration fee of N20,000.