Aggrieved students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin, on Wednesday, ignored the order of the institution’s Senate to close down the school, as they continued their two-day-old protest over the hike in their school fee.
Though the university, earlier on Wednesday announced the “immediate” closure of the institution “temporarily”, claiming insecurity and the possible hijack of the protest, the aggrieved students remained adamant.
Rather than vacate the campus as directed, the students marched to the official lodge of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lillian Imuetinyan Salami, and practically “kidnapped” her.
Having seized the VC, a Professor of Food and Nutrition, the students forced her on a tortuous journey from her official residence to the university’s main gate on the Benin-Lagos road, on foot.
Sandwiched among the sea of heads, the protesting students made several video recordings of the VC trekking to the school gate.
When the train got to the Engineering Faculty, the visibly exhausted VC pleaded that she should be permitted to complete the journey in a vehicle.
Nigerian Tribune learned that while a Toyota Hilux vehicle was provided for the remaining trip, the students, however, deflated two of the four tires of the vehicle.
Besides, Professor Salami was not accorded the luxury of riding in the demobilized vehicle alone, as some of the students jumped into a vehicle with her “to ensure that she did not escape,” a source said.
As at 3.30 pm, commuters on that axis of the road had to detour to the inner roads by Precious Palm Royal Hotel to connect the Uselu area.
Recall that the students, had Tuesday, blocked the two campuses on Ekenwan Road and Ugbowo in protest against the hike in the tuition fee by N20,000.
Trouble started when the university closed the students’ registration portal, three weeks after the resumption and surcharged students who could not register, while the portal was opened with a late registration fee of N20,000.
Kano Housewives Protest 7-Year Blackout In Kano, Allege Threat By Criminals
In a related event, following a prolonged absence of power supply and blackout by Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) to Ungwar Chika Safari, Medile, Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano Metropolis, hundreds of housewives in Kano State on Tuesday evening staged a peaceful protest.
In a scene that is rarer in a conservative Kano society, tens and hundreds of women were seen protesting in the quarters calling for the attention of relevant authorities, INDEPENDENT reports.
Spokesperson to the aggrieved women, Hafsa Aliyu Hamza, told newsmen that “for 7 years, we have not seen a blink of power in this quarter, a situation that has not only to enable criminals but emboldened them to carry out their nefarious actions without let or hindrance.”