VC shuts down UNIBEN over students’ protest

Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami has announced the immediate closure of the University. 

The development was following Tuesday’s protest by students of the institution over an alleged imposition of N20,000 late registration charge. 

The aggrieved students mounted a road block at the university’s main campus in Ugbowo and disrupted the free flow of traffic on the Ugbowo section of Benin-Ore highway.

In a statement by the Registrar of the institution, Mr Ademola Bobola on Tuesday, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that she approved the school closure due to the possible breakdown of law and order. 

Following the indefinite school closure, Salami mandated the students to vacate the school hostesls and premises latest by Wednesday noon.

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

“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,.”

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