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UNIBEN Reinstates Five Students Earlier Suspended Over Protest

The management of the University of Benin has reinstated the five student unionists, who had earlier been rusticated, at the beginning of the month, over anti-fees hike protest.

The spokesperson for the school, Michael Osasuyi, confirmed the development in a statement on Tuesday.

“The management lifted the rustication of the students sequel to the letter of appeal from the affected students and the intervention from stakeholders,” said Mr. Osasuyi.

He further assured that the interest of the students is the university’s priority.

“The university management wishes to assure students that their interest will always take the front burner of its decision. All students are therefore advised to remain law-abiding at all time and uphold the tenet of the institution.”

The rustication of the students, following their participation in a protest to oppose the fees hike, was condemned by the UNIBEN branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The newly reinstated students are Elvis Ogbidi, Students’ Union president; Justus Aidenagbon, secretary-general; Innocent Momodu, assistant secretary-general; Goodnews Ehisbhi, public relations officers; and Benjamin Majekodunmi, also known as Samkara, an activist.

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