Michael Okpara University suspends academic activities, orders students to vacate campus 

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Management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia state on Tuesday ( 6th February, 2024 ) has shut down the university indefinitely and advised the students to vacate the University premises immediately but not later than 5.00 pm.

In a statement marked ” Indefinite Shut Down of The University and Suspension of Academic Activities”, the Vice Chancellor professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe informed the public that the university community woke up in the morning to experience the violation of the long existing peace of the University.

” 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 1st Semester examination owing to their failure to pay their charges”.

He added ” the University’s record shows 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”.

According to the VC , it was to safeguard life and university properties on Campus, that the University Management, on behalf of the Senate, ordered the shut down of the University indefinitely and advised all students to vacate the University premises not later than 5.00pm on same day ( Tuesday )

It was gathered that the students were protesting against what they called ” no school fees no exam policy of the university” when allegedly, those that did not pay the fees , were prevented from writing the semester examination that commenced the previous day, Monday.

According to a journalist, ” the protest that started peacefully later turned violent as students were seen destroying some structures within the school premises.

” They also blocked the Umuahia/Ikot-Ekpene federal road on which they ignited born-fires, forced vehicles to either turn back or divert to adjoining roads, threatened to destroy Press Cameras of journalists who tried to capture the protest and refused to respond to questions by journalists”.