Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike in Abia State has been closed indefinitely by the university management.
The closure comes after a protest by students on Tuesday, during which valuable items in the school were allegedly vandalized. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, described the protest as the actions of troublemakers.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Prof. Iwe refuted claims that the protest was related to the school management’s refusal to allow students to take their first-semester exams due to unpaid school fees. He clarified that about 70% of students had already paid their fees, with thousands more in line to pay before the “troublemakers” disrupted the situation.
He said, “Miscreants took over the University, chasing and pursuing the Vice-Chancellor, damaging his official vehicle and those of his officials claiming that they were not allowed to take their 1 Semester examination owing to their failure to pay their charges.
“The University’s record show that more than 70% of the students had paid their charges and were peacefully taking their examinations, while more than two thousand were in the que to pay and register their courses before the miscreants and hoodlums took the stage to cause trouble and disrupted the long-standing peace of the University.