CampusCorner: Caleb University shut after riot

The authorities of the Caleb University, in Imota, Lagos State, shut the institution on Thursday following a violent protest by the students.
Though no lives were lost, the students damaged properties worth millions of naira during their protest on Wednesday evening.
It was gathered that the students who were protesting against what they tagged “strict rules”, smashed the glasses of 4 cars and damaged several properties belonging to the school.
Our sources said an altercation between a Muslim student and an hostel porter of the university caused the unrest.
The porter, it was learnt, stopped the Muslim student from praying in the school. The action reportedly provoked other students who frowned on the decision of the official.
Following this, the students mobilised and started shouting solidarity songs and making calls for freedom of worship.
The rally later degenerated as they attacked the university official and started destroying properties on campus.
It was also learnt that the intervention of the police prevented the rampaging students from causing more havoc.
But announcing the forced closure on Thursday, the school’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ayo Olukoju, admitted that the action of the students prompted the “temporal vacation”.
Olukoju, who said the school would reopen on June 2, 2014, noted that the religious link to crisis was a “mere pretence.”
The insistence of the authorities to enforce a standing rule in the school, the VC, who spoke to our correspondent on Thursday, said caused the demonstration.
He said, “We have rules and regulations in the school and all the students agreed to abide by them. These rules are in the student handout. Before now, we have been applying appropriate sanctions against students who default in any of these rules. We wanted to enforce one of such sanctions on Wednesday before this crisis escalated.
“Please, the crisis has nothing to do with religion. It has nothing to do with being a Christian or a Muslim. People, especially female students even went to their worship centres on campus on Wednesday to pray after the incident. Again, I tell you this action was carried out by the male students alone.”
Authorities of the Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, another private university, shut the institution last March following a violent students’ protest.

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CampusCorner: Nassarawa State Polytecnic chapter of NASUP suspends its 7months old strike

The Nasarawa State Polytechnic chapter of Non Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (NASUP), on Wednesday suspended its seven months-old-strike.The Chairman of the union, Mr David Ayitono-Goshi announced the suspension in Lafia while briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting they had with the management of the polytechnic.
Ayitono-Goshi said that the suspension followed the intervention of respected personalities who pledged to pursue the union’s grievances to the appropriate authorities.
“We have been on strike for seven months now, but when the new members of the governing council came on board, they requested that we should appeal to the nationalheadquarters of the union to suspend the strike.“They also assured that they will continue with the negotiation from where it stopped,” he said.
The chairman said that the suspension was “conditional”, as the union would resume its strike if the state government fails to address the issues within six month.He directed all members of the union to resume work immediately.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that already some members of the members have complied with the directive, as they were seen in their places of work. (NAN)

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CampusCorner: Images from Caleb University riot

We reported to you yesterday that riot broke out in Caleb University yesterday. Though the cause of the riot still remains uncertain, our source claimed it was caused when a porter refused a moslem student the right to say his prayers in the hostel.
The riot proved destructive going by images we just got. According to Caleb University’s official website, the school is a Christian university meaning the authorities might frown at other religions’ activities. See pictures below

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CampusCorner: Riots begin in Caleb University after porter disrupts muslim student’s prayer session

Reports reaching us right now says riots have erupted at Caleb University. Students are said to have destroyed some school properties.
Our source says the riot was caused by an incident in the boys’ hostel. It was reported that a student who is a moslem was in his hostel room saying his moslem prayers with his mat. Then an hostel porter was said to have seen him, and he allegedly pulled off the mat from underneath the student to disrupt his prayers. Then fellow students got angry and they started rioting.
Window pans and some other things have been destroyed by the rioting students.
It should be noted that ‘praying in the moslem way’ is prohibited in the school as it is a Christian school, Deeper Life precisely.
Details and pictures to follow soon.

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CampusCorner: OOU, Medical students at loggerhead over fees

Prof Saburi VC OOU

Prof Saburi VC OOU

The management of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, has refused to honour the invitation of the Ogun House of Assembly over the feud between OOU and its medical students.

OOU management was invited over the breakdown of an agreement reached with the final year medical students and their parents on additional school fees.

The institution management was invited to appear before the House Committee on Justice, Petition and Education to find a lasting solution to the matter.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Saburi Adesanya, at a stakeholders meeting on 3 March, was quoted as saying that the graduating medical students, who had paid the mandatory six-year school fees, should pay a “one-off” N40, 000 development levy.

The students claimed that the school had breached an agreement by directing them to pay extra tuition fees to cover the extra time they spent in school.

The meeting, scheduled for noon inside the Committee Room of the Assembly, could not hold, due to the absence of the institution’s management.

Meanwhile, the university’s Medical Students Association had petitioned Governor Ibikunle Amosun, through the Office of the Chief of Staff, to intervene urgently in the matter.

Mr Niyi Oduwole, Head of Corporate Affairs Division of the university, however, said that no student was directed to pay extra tuition fees.

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CampusCorner: Students of Bowen University riots, (Pictures)

To some of my readers this news may be stale but I couldn’t put up the news without background info. I heard about the riot in one of Nigeria’s private universities veery early this morning around 1:00am.
The riot according to Eyewitnesses was fostered by some boys in the university who protested a hike in school fees and Scarcity of Water and Electricity. The students also vandalised their chaplain’s home.The management of the school will organize a press conference later today to address this issue.I got some exclusive pics from the saga and it was so bad that the police had to be called in. Unconfirmed reports reveal that a building was set on fire… We are working on getting more info, will update more soon.

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CampusCorner: Unilag resumes, SUG election fever is OOU

Well, CampusCorner debuts on SMD_Nation for the first time. In this segment we will take a peep into Campuses in Nigeria to get you news,gists,rumours, and happenings in campuses round Nigeria.
On this edition we go to one of the foremost Universities in Nigeria, University of Lagos,UNILAG where it is all resumption fever. Jambites who were successful in the last post-utme finally resumed on Monday after their resumption was hampered by the ASUU strike. It was all joy for most of them. Some said it marked a beginning in their life. Some were sad to leave home and to be away from their parents for the first time. SMD_Nation spoke to a ‘freshman’ who pleaded to remain anonymous said ‘Its good to be finally here in school,in Unilag,the best institution in Nigeria. I just hope our stay here is not elongated by ASUU’ he joked. Lol well who can blame the poor soul?

In other news, it is Student Union Election fever that is gripping students of Olabisi Onabanjo University,Ago Iwoye. The election is billed to hold tomorrow. Aspirants rounded off their campaign yesterday. It was reported today that security officials at the school main gate did not allow students into school without ID Card. Who can blame them for trying to be extra careful?

We at SMD_Nation hope the election goes,smooth,free and fare and peaceful tomorrow. May the best man win.

That wraps it up on today’s edition of CampusCorner. We will be back with more gists from your campus.

Correspondents: Olusesan Goodnews(OOU)
Olaiya Olawale (Unilag)

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