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UNIBEN Students Sent Home After Tuesday’s Highway Protest

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The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University of Benin, Professor Lilian Salami, has asked students of the institution to leave for their various homes.

The VC added that they should vacate the school premises before 12pm on Wednesday.

This followed the protest that rocked the institution on Tuesday.

Students of the institution, Tuesday September 14 2021, blocked the ever-busy Ugbowo axis of the Benin-Ore Expressway and the Ekheuan Road over a N20,000 late registration fee imposed by the school’s management.

The students described the decision of the school authority as unpleasant citing the “unfavourable economic situation’’ currently bedeviling the entire country.

The school’s closure was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Registrar of the institution, Mr Ademola Bobola.

“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 all students’ body, the Vice Chancellor has, on behalf of Senate, approved the immediate closure of the University.

“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,’’ she said.

NAN reports that the UNIBEN resumed for the 2020 to 2021 academic session on Wednesday before it was shut down within one week.

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