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Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi shut down over students' violent protest

Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi shut down over students' violent protest

- There was heightened tension on Wednesday, August 15, following violent protests by students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue state

- The heated protest that was prompted by the death of a student, Joseph Odeh, after a car accident, forced the authority to close down the institution indefinitely

- Students were ordered by the Senate to leave the premises and handover all properties belonging to the institution

The Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, has been shut indefinitely by the authority of the institution following a heated protest by students.

The protest was prompted by a road accident that killed one of their colleagues, Joseph Odeh, and also left six others terribly injured on their way to school on Wednesday, August 15.

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Premium Times reported that the accident occurred when the bus conveying the students tyre burst, making the driver to lose control of his vehicle.

Udeh passed on after he and the other six students involved in the accident were taken to the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi. The students accused the hospital staff of delaying his treatment and thus causing Udeh's death. The other six students are still receiving treatment in the hospital.

The injured students are Luther Laangi, 200 level agricultural and environmental engineering; Onuiigya Magida, 200-level animal production; Cecilia Okori, 200-level fisheries; Patience Idoko, 200-level animal production, and Emmanuel Omeh, 300-level animal nutrition.

It was gathered that following Udeh’s death, his colleagues became violent, vandalising parked vehicles and other facilities on sight while the bus that caused the accident was allegedly set ablaze.

The students reportedly damaged items at the hospital and also accused its staff of causing their colleague's death.

However, the school authority ordered the students to proceed on mid-semester break with immediate effect, in an internal memorandum signed by the registrar of the institution, Helen Nyitse.

The memo read: “All students are expected to handover all university property in their possession and vacate the campus before 2:00 pm on Wednesday, 15 August, 2018 until further notice.”

Nyitse on Thursday, August 23, said that the university Senate had set up a panel to investigate the students’ allegation against the clinic staff and the circumstances surrounding the protest.

She stated that the panel is expected to submit its interim report to the senate in two weeks and a final report within a month.

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Moreover, students of the school have taken to social media to voice their grievances over the medical services at the clinic. Udeh was buried on Friday, August 17, in Otukpo, Benue.

Meanwhile, reported that a group of persons who claim to be students of Benue state University, Makurdi, on Monday, May 21, shut down academic and non-academic activities on the school’s two campuses in protest against the hike in their tuition fees. gathered that the students went on a protest after the university management introduced new conditional charges that resulted in an over 65% hike in tuition fees for new students.

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