Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
For leading a protest against increase in school fees in the institution, the Senate of the University of Benin yesterday announced the rustication five of its students.
Those affected were members of the institution’s Student Union Government (SUG) namely: President SUG, Osamudiamen Ogidi; Jistis Aidenagbon, Innocent Momodu, Goodnrwd Ehoabhi and Benjamin Majekodunmi.
On November last year, the leadership of Uninen SUG led other students to stage a peaceful protest after the school management increased various fees.
Whole three of the students were rusticated for one academic session, two of them are to remain at home for two academic session.
The affected students were also barred from holding any office in the campus or participate in student union activities.
According to a statement issued by the university press, they were rusticated after they had faced the Students’ Disciplinary Committee.
The statement added that the protest organised by the SUG executives was meant to disrupt the 47th Founders Day lecture and 43rd Convocation ceremony of the institution.
However, some of the executive members escaped the hammer having been exonerated by the Senate.
They are Goodluck Aregbor, Miss Gory Charles, Mr. Eriamiatoe Austin Odia, Mr. Sylvester Asebofuh, Mr. Prince Imonitie, and Mr. Edward Evbuomwan Eguavoen.
Against this backdrop, the Vice President of SUG, Miss Frances Ifeoma Okogwa is to act pending when election would be conducted.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of UNIBEN, Mr. Michael Osasuyi, said the students were rusticated because the university is to train students in learning and character.
According to him, any student that broke the law would be made to face the consequences.