Attack on Akpata: UNIBEN suspends Students' Union - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Attack on Akpata: UNIBEN suspends Students' Union

The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has suspended the Students’ Union Government of the institution indefinitely.

In a letter to the university’s community, made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Benin, the university’s registrar, Mr Ademola Bobola, announced the measure on the union.

The letter reads: “After due consideration of the report by the management, the Vice Chancellor has approved the suspension of the university’s Students Union.

“The suspension which is indefinite, takes immediate effect, that is, from Monday 29th April, 2024.

“Accordingly, all officers of the Students’ Union are to hand over all properties of the union in their possession to the Dean, Students’ Affairs, not later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

“In the interim, a caretaker committee composed of representatives of faculties, schools, and institutes has been approved to coordinate students’ activities during the period of suspension.

“The directive of the Vice Chancellor is hereby communicated for the attention of the university community and compliance of the erstwhile union officers as appropriate,” Bobola said.

The suspension was in connection with the attack on Olumide Akpata, Labour Party governorship candidate in the state, at the university’s Senior Staff Club on April 12.

In the incident, the students’ union was said to have disrupted an interactive session by staff of the university with the Edo State governorship candidate of Labour Party, Olumide Akpata.

The students were said to have behaved unruly at the event and, in the process, rough-handled many of the staff, including a member of the Academic Staff of the Universities (ASUU), who was reportedly beaten to a pulp.

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