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LASU students vacate campus

24 January 2014, 18:07

Lagos - Protesting students of the Lagos State University LASU, Ojo, on Friday vacated the campus in compliance with the management’s directive.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the management of the institution had on Thursday shut down the institution indefinitely following a violent protest by some aggrieved students.

The students had staged the protest to compel the authorities to re-open LASU portal to enable them to complete their registration before the rain semester examinations scheduled for January 23.

In a bulletin released on the campus on January 23, the management had instructed the students to vacate the university premises immediately.

The management also suspended the examinations.

"In the wake of the violent protest by some affected LASU students over the closure of the university portal for registration of courses for rain semester 2012/2013 examinations, the management has decided to shut down the institution indefinitely.

"Also, examinations have been put off till further notice. With this decision, students of the university are expected to vacate the university premises until further notice," it said.

NAN also reports that normalcy has since been restored to the Ojo main campus of the university.

Policemen have been deployed to the campus to maintain law and order.

Tajudeen Onikoyi, a 400-level student of Management Technology, confirmed to NAN in an interview that students had vacated the campus.

"Students have vacated the campus due to yesterday’s riot and the closure of the school, while some of them are on their way to Alausa to attend the meeting summoned by the House of Assembly," he said.

He also blamed the university management for allowing the situation to degenerate to a chaotic one.

"The actions of the students were so bad; they should have handled the issue in a more civilised way than they did.

"The Management also messed up the issue by being adamant not to re-open the portal.

"The management should have at least listened to the initial plea of the students to avert the protest.

"It is so unfortunate and embarrassing that this is happening in LASU again," he said.

Onikoyi pleaded with LASU authorities to speedily resolve the issues at hand and re- open the school to avert a disruption of the academic calendar.

-  NAN

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