Management of the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo
State, has suspended some students over alleged involvement in a
Those affected are the Mayors and
Mayoress of halls of residence, including that of Hall 5 and Keystone
hostels. All the three persons are undergraduate students.
GIST reliably gathered that the said protest was led by postgraduate
students in first semester. The school is currently in second semester.
protesters were said to have demonstrated to the official residence of
the vice-chancellor, otherwise known as VC lodge, in protest against
non-availability of power.
It was gathered that the hostels
lacked electricity and water for over three days during exam period,
forcing the students to take to protests.
Their suspension was
announced by the university Registrar, Mrs O. A. Oshodin, in a private
letter exclusively obtained by CAMPUS GIST on Friday.
recall your alleged involvement in a case of unlawful protest and at an
unholy hour”, she said in the letter obtained by our UNIBEN
“The Vice Chancellor, in exercise of the powers
conferred on him by Section 17 (b), (c), and (d) of Edict No. 3 of 1975,
and as amended by Decree No. 20 of 1975, has directed that you be
suspended from all academic activities forthwith until you before the
Security Department for clearance.
“Accordingly, you are hereby
suspended from your Faculty and the University until get clearance from
the Security Department”, added Mrs Oshodin.
Efforts to reach the
Registrar for comment proved abortive, even as calls placed to the
known phone lines of the university spokesman, Michael Osasuyi, went
But an official of the school who would not like to
be mentioned, said the university took the decision because the VC was
disturbed from sleep at such “ungodly hour.”
On why the affected
persons were suspended even when they are not directly involved, the
official said the suspended persons were expected to have managed the
“They failed in their duties as halls’ mayors and
mayoress, respectively”, he said, adding, “they are expected to handle
any of such cases from escalating especially at such ungodly hour.”
of the affected persons who craved anonymity, told CAMPUS GIST that he
was shocked to hear about his suspension from his hostel porter.
protest was led by postgraduate students [last semester] because they
had no light in their hostels for over three days”, he said.
even heard about it except for members of the Committee on Hostel
Matters. Even myself, I wasn’t aware not until my attention was drawn
after the protest had begun.
“It was a peaceful demonstration,
though the protest was taken to the VC’s lodge which is a normal thing
in the university. Sadly, management accused us of spearheading the
protest”, said the hall mayor.
This is not the first time UNIBEN
will be suspending her students over demonstrations. In February, 2018
four union members were expelled from the school over a protest against
an increment in tuition fee.
The expelled students were accused
of staging a students’ demonstration on November 24, 2017, an action the
university authorities described as intended to disrupt the
institution’s 47th Founders’ Day Lecture and the 43rd Convocation
Those suspended include the then Student Union
president, Osemudiamen Elvis; PRO, Ehiabhi Goodnews; Secretary-General,
Justus Aidenagbon; Director of Socials, Innocent Ehiozua, and a renowned
activist, Benjamin Majekodunmi, alias Sankara.
They were later
recalled to the school following the intervention of external forces,
including the university chancellor and Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi