Factional President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NAN), Comrade Aruna Kadiri, on Wednesday led a protest at the University of Benin to demand the unconditional reinstatement of five students of the institution who were rusticated last week.
The five students who are executive members of the institution’s SUG were rusticated for protesting against increment of various fees in the institution.
Those affected included the SUG President, Osamudiamen Ogbidi, Justus Aidenagnon, Innocent Momodu, Goodnews Ehiabhi and Patrick Majekodumi.
The school management said the protest was meant to disrupt its 47th founders’ day lecture and 43rd convocation ceremony.
Comrade Kadiri urged students of the institution to stay away from lecture venue until the rusticated students are recalled.
The protest by NANS came after a meeting with the institution’s management failed.
Sources at the meeting said the school management had asked the rusticated students to write a letter of apology.
The source claimed that the affected students and NANS leadership rejected the condition because the protest was peaceful and geared towards expressing their grievances.
The university’s spokesman, Mr. Micheal Osasuyi said, “The students remain rusticated and management has not given any conditional offer.
“What happen is that people came to beg on their behalf. And if they (students) are appealing, they know the necessary step to take,” Osasuyi said.
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