The management of Ambrose Alli University, AAU, in Ekpoma, Edo State, has announced the indefinite suspension of academic activities with immediate effect following the protest by students over an increment in school fees.
The university, in a memo issued and signed by its acting registrar, Ambrose E. Odiase, said it would, during the suspension, “appraise the continued protest by students running into days.”
“In order to prevent a total breakdown of law and order as well as the need to guarantee the safety of lives and property in the university community and its environs, Senate was left with no other choice than to direct an immediate suspension of academic activities,” the memo added.
The suspension took effect immediately after the registrar’s memo was circulated to all heads of departments and other relevant authorities in the school on Monday. Students were given until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday to vacate their hostels.
To this effect, the 40th matriculation ceremony of the university earlier scheduled for Tuesday, September 5 was put on hold indefinitely.
There have been a series of protests by AAU students over an alleged increase in school fees for returning students.
The protest, which was reportedly staged for three consecutive days, disrupted academic activities despite the school management denying any school
The suspension of academic activities is the second measure the school authorities are adopting to restore order on campus. The Students Union Government was earlier disbanded on September 1 after the protests of August 31 and September 1.