Adding to the growing number of universities recently closed down due to students’ unrest, the management of the University of Ibadan, UI on Tuesday evening shutdown the institution indefinitely, ordering students to vacate the campus with immediate effect.
The shut down is an aftermath of a protest staged by students of the institution over the unjust rustication of a 500 level student and the poor supply of electricity and water in their halls of residence.
Management of the institution in a circular issued by the Registrar of the school, Dr O.I. Olukoya, on Tuesday directed that the school should be shut indefinitely and that students should vacate the campus immediately in order to safeguard lives and properties.
On April 25, University of Ibadan students under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) took to the streets to protest the unjust rustication of a 500 level student of Petroleum Engineering, Tunji Ekpeti Michael.
The protesting students caused the closure of some roads within the institution. Lectures were disrupted as the protesters demanded for Michael’s unconditional reinstatement.
The protesters called on the Students Disciplinary Committee to apologize to Michael for the psychological trauma caused to him.
Tunji was served a one-semester rustication by the Committee for allegedly leading a protest carried out by residents of Independence Hall last semester.
In the protest tagged: “FREEMOTE”, the students resolved to lock down the campus and continue the protest daily, until their demands were met.
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But the school authority insists that Michael broke the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the university, was found guilty and was queried for leading a protest at the Independence Hall for lack of water and electricity.
Describing Michael’s behavior as unacceptable in a civilized society, the Central Disciplinary Committee (CDC) for the gravity of the offence recommended that he be rusticated for a semester.