UI Students refuse to vacate campus, Cook food outside varsity gate

The students of the University of Ibadan » have
refused to heed the school management’s
directive to vacate the school premises.
The school ordered the closure of the campus
after students staged a protest against the
rustication of a 500 Level student » of Petroleum
Engineering, Tunji Ekpeti Michael, on Tuesday,
April 26.
They have now chosen to camp outside the
school gate with one student revealing that they
are cooking food.
On Wednesday, April 27, the students stated that
they were still on campus and decided to
organise communal cooking.
Students took to social media yesterday where
they posted several pictures of the cooking
session. In a hilarious post, the students invited
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka to
partake in the meal.

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One of them wrote: “S ince the school
management told us to vacate the halls of
residence for staging a peaceful protest against the
rustication of a student (Mote)…because he
participated in a peaceful protest in one of the
halls (Independence Hall) and poor state of electric
and water supply, UItes have also decided to stay
back in school. We don’t have any plan of going
anywhere!”
“In fact, we are currently at the school gate where
we are actually cooking something really delicious
… Tell the vice chancellor to join us, there’s always
love in sharing,…you are also invited! ”
While the protest lasted on Tuesday, students,
who expressed their dissatisfaction over poor
electricity and water supply in the university and
alleged rustication of a Petroleum Engineering
student, Mr. Tunji Epeti Michael, locked the
varsity gate, sang and beat drum to air their
views.
They prevented lectures from holding, hindered
free vehicular movement by blocking the roads in
the campus, but ensured they did not engage in
violence.

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On Wednesday, the student union denied the
accusation by University management that the
students’ protest » led to the destruction of
school properties as stated by the school
management.
A statement released by the union partly
stated, “The UI management should tell the world
why it has chosen to forcefully disperse almost
30,000 students to go home over diplomatic
reinstatement of a SINGLE student back on campus
in the face of bad Nigerian roads and economic
realities. They should also tell the world why it has
consistently failed in providing light and water to
the University community, a situation which
aggravated the protest.”
The school management is yet to give an official
response to the situation.

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