Two Rumoured Dead as Students in UNIBEN Hold Massive Protest
The busy Benin-Lagos Expressway experienced a gridlock for hours at the Ugbowo axis yesterday as students of the University of Benin trooped out to express their displeasure over the state of the school following two days of power outage and no water supply.
The students took over the road, preventing vehicular movement to protest the alleged deplorable state of infrastructures in the University and perceived extortion by the administration of the school.
Other allegations leveled against the school included leaking roofs and deplorable state of toilets in the hostels, maltreating of school cleaners and the untidy environment overgrown with weeds. The students vow as they move to keep the protest on until the school management does something.
Men of the Police force were in the vicinity to keep the peace. However, there have been rumours that two students have lost their lives in the protest as it seems the peaceful outcry was hijacked by cultists.
The Public Relations Officer of the school, Mr. Michael Osazuyi has not responded to calls. However, a close source to the school claims the authorities are working on resolving the crisis with the students.
The protest is coming just days after the school appointed its second female Vice Chancellor, Professor Salami (after Professor Grace Allele Williams) who is to replace the current Vice Chancellor next month.