The management of Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State has indefinitely shutdown the institution due to protest of students caused by school fees hike.
In an official statement from the university obtained by Candidreporters.com, the closure became necessary due to the violence that that accompanied the protest.
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“This is to notify the public that the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State woke up to experience the violation of the long existing peace of the University this morning.
“Miscreants took over the University, chasing and pursuing the Vice-Chancellor, damaging his official vehicle and those of his officials claiming that they were not allowed to take their 1” Semester examination owing to their failure to pay their charges.
“The University’s record show that more than 70% of the students had paid their charges and were peacefully taking their examinations, while more than two thousand were in the queue to pay and register their courses before the miscreants and hoodlums took the stage to cause trouble and disrupted the long-standing peace of the University.
“To safeguard life and properties on Campus, the University Management has on behalf of the Senate ordered an indefinite shut down of the University.
“All students are advised to vacate the University premises immediately, but not later than 5.00pm on Tuesday, 6th February 2024.”
Prof Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, CFS Vice-Chancellor