The University of Benin (UNIBEN) Senate has suspended Students’ Union executives for allegedly engaging in subversive activities including incitement of other students to disobey lawful instructions by the school authorities.
The Institution’s Senate took the action on Tuesday to forestall a breakdown of law and order following the planned instigated protest by the Students Union body in reaction to the shift in the school’s academic Calendar.
The Public Relations officer (PRO) of the University of Benin, Dr. (Mrs.) Benedicta Ehanire conveyed the decision of the Management in a Press statement in which it announced plans to set up a Caretaker Committee to replace the suspended executives.
The statement said the Senate also praised majority of the students who have resisted attempts by the students’ Union executives to drag them into unwarranted agitations.
Part of the Senate resolutions reads: “The Union had persistently engaged in subversive activities including incitement of other students to disobey lawful instructions by the school authorities. This is in spite of concerted efforts by the Management, led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Lilian Salami, to provide their basic needs of water and electricity as well as enhanced infrastructure for learning”.
In the light of the above, the account of the Union has been suspended and their Secretariat, sealed by the school’s authorities while all members of the erstwhile students’ Union executives are to hand over their Students’ Union Identity Cards to the Chief Security Officer of the University immediately.
“They are also to vacate the privileged hostel accommodations accorded them latest 6:00p.m today, Tuesday 30th March, 2021.
“The Senate also wishes the students the best in their on-going examinations and a restful break from the 1st of April, 2021, until their return to Campus for the second semester on 18th April, 2021”, according to the statement.