The management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Abia State has announced the indefinite shutting down of the academic institution.

This is owing to protest by students of the school on Tuesday which led to alleged vandalisation of valuables in the school, a protest the Vice Chancellor, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe described as activities of miscreants.

In a release on Tuesday made available to ABN TV, Prof. Iwe dismissed insinuation that the students staged the protest over refusal of the school management to allow them take part in first semester exam in connection with non-payment of school fees, saying about 70% percent of students have made payment while thousands of others were in queue to pay before the “miscreants” struck.

He said, “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 que 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 down the University indefinitely.

“All students are advised to vacate the University premises immediately, but not later than 5.00pm on Tuesday, 6th February 2024.”

ABN TV revollects that earlier on Tuesday student of the school staged a protest, prompting the Abia State Police Command to draft a team of police officers to forestall possible breakdown of law.



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