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UNIBEN Rusticate Five Students, Including SUG President

Five students of the University of Benin have been rusticated by the university Senate for leading a protests against hike in various fees in the institution.

Some of the affected students were members of the institution’s Student Union Government.

They had led students to stage a peaceful protest on November 24, 2017 after the school management increased various fees.

Those affected are President of UNIBEN SUG, Osamudiamen Ogbidi, Justus Aidenagnon, Innocent Momodu, Goodnews Ehiabhi and Benjamin Majekodumi.

Three of them were rusticated for one academic session while two of them were rusticated for two academic session.

The affected students were also barred from holding any office in the campus or participating in student union activities.

They were rusticated after they were made to face the Students Disciplinary Committee.

A statement issued by the university press said the protest organized by the SUG executives was meant to disrupt the 47th Founders Day lecture and 43rd Convocation ceremony of the institution.

Others exonerated by the Senate were Goodluck Aregbor, Miss Gory Charles, Mr. Eriamiatoe Austin Odia, Mr. Sylvester Asebofuh, Mr. Prince Imonitie, and Mr. Edward Evbuomwan Eguavoen.

Vice President of UNIBEN SUG, Miss Frances Ifeoma Okogwa is to act as the Acting President pending when election will be conducted.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of UNIBEN, Mr. Michael Osasuyi said the students were rusticated because the university is to train students in learning and character.

Osasuyi said any student that broke the law would be made to face the consequences.