From University of Lagos to University of Ibadan, a timeline of violent protests that swept through Nigerian universities in the month of April, and, which education management experts warn, are likely to continue this month
It started with April Fool but at the end, the month was kept full of violent protests which swept through five universities: three Federal and two state-owned. A timeline:
University of Lagos (UNILAG)
Days of protest: Wednesday, April 6 – Friday, April, 8
Date of Closure: Friday, April 8
Cause of closure: Reported need to prevent further breakdown of law and order following three days of protest by students over the fuel crisis, poor social services, namely water and electricity and the alleged extortion of students by the university’s business outfit, allegations which the university management later refuted, point by point, in a press statement.
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State
Day of protest: Friday, April 8
Date of Closure: Saturday, April 9
Cause of closure: The decision by students to embark on violent protest over the reported refusal by the university management to suspend the ongoing semester exam to allow them mourn the death of their colleague, Ojo Afolabi Daniel, a 200 level student of Department of Economic Education, Faculty of Education, through a fatal commercial motorcycle accident. The student was said to be on his way to the exam when the accident happened.
University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
Day of protest: Monday, April 11, by 6am
Date of Closure: Monday, April 11, by 6pm
Cause of closure: Students’ decision to embark on disruptive protest during their ongoing semester exam, over a reported hike in tuition fee, by the university management. Final year student of the Faculty of Management Sciences and President of the faculty students’ association, Peter Ofurum, was shot dead during the protest.
Benue State University (BSU)
Day of protest: Monday, April 11
Date of Closure: Monday, April 11
Cause of closure: Students’ decision to protest the management’s decision to hike tuition fee for law students from N62, 000 to over N130,000
University of Ibadan (U.I)
Day of protest: Monday, April 25
Date of Closure: Tuesday, April 26
Cause of closure: The decision by UItes, later joined by students from nearby universities, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Federal College of Technology, Ibadan to embark on disruptive protest over the reported rustication of Michael Tunji Epeti, 500 Level student of Department of Petroleum Engineering, for leading the students on protest some months earlier, in November 2015, over poor water supply and electricity in halls of residence.