Friday, April 8, 2016 9:13 am
The authorities of the University of Lagos have shut the school, after protests by students on Thursday over blackout and water shortage.
Students were told to vacate all the halls of residence by 10 a.m today.
The students had during the protest Thursday shut the school gates, preventing people who had business inside the campus to come in.
The decision to shut the campus was taken by the university’s senate and it was conveyed in a circular titled: Immediate Closure of University of Lagos.
It read: “The Senate of the University of Lagos at an emergency meeting held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, considered the situation on campus occasioned by the ongoing agitation of the students’ body over poor electricity and water supply in the community, and the difficulty faced by large number of students living off campus to attend classes as a result of fuel crisis.
“Senate noted that the problem of poor municipal services is a national issue that the governments at both state and federal level are addressing.
In order to forestall breakdown of law and order on campus, all academic activities on campus are hereby suspended with immediate effect.”
Following the closure order, the Students’ Union Government (SUG) leaders have reportedly asked students to stay back on campus on the excuse that students could not afford to pay for commercial buses due to current fuel scarcity.
Meanwhile, UNILAG authorities have arrested the SUG President, Mohammed Olaniyan, and the Public Relations Officer, Jumai Fagbui. T
hey were whisked away by riot policemen invited by the management to ensure students comply with the school directive.
The Union’s Speaker, Adeyanju Olaonipekun, confirmed the arrest of the SUG leaders, The Nation reported.