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UNN Shutdown Over Students Protest

Posted: Jun 3, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu  –  Enugu 


The two campuses of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) in Nsukka and Enugu have been shutdown, following protests by students of the university over poor services.

Daily Independent gathered that the protests started at the Enugu Campus on Sunday night and spilled over to Nsukka on Monday.

Students were seen vacating the Enugu campus in groupS yesterday, to beat the deadline given to them to vacate before 6p.m. on Tuesday.

Reports from Nsukka indicated that the campus was almost empty as at 5p.m.as most of the students had left.

It was gathered that students of the Enugu campus (UNEC) embarked on a protest late on Sunday night to express their displeasure over poor services in the campus, especially electricity and water supply.

The protesting UNEC students were said to have invaded staff quarters within the campus and forced the occupants to switch off their generators to ensure that nobody was enjoying light within the campus.

The protest continued at UNEC until the early hours of Monday and later spread to the Nsukka campus.

At Nsukka, the students were said to have barricaded all the major roads within the campus with concrete blocks and other heavy objects, threatening that hell would be let loose unless the authorities address the issue of poor services.

To ensure that the situation does not degenerate to anarchy, the university announced the closure of the two campuses and asked the students to vacate.

A press release by the Public Relations Officer, Okwun Umeaku on Tuesday directed the students to vacate the campus by 6 p.m. yesterday.

The press release reads: “This is to bring to the notice of all students and the entire University community that, the University of Nigeria shall proceed on a two weeks mid semester break with immediate effect.

”Consequently, all academic activities on the campuses are hereby suspended for the period. Students are by this notice directed to vacate their hostels within the next 24 hours not later than 6pm  on Tuesday  June 02, 2015” Umeaku stated.