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UniAbuja rusticates students over planned protest against increase in school fees


An undergraduate student of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Cyprian Igwe, and one other have been rusticated by the university authorities for calling for a meeting and demonstration against the recent hike in school fees.

Igwe had urged his colleagues in message posted on its WhatsApp group to protest against the hike in school fees.

According to the report, Igwe had said, “Good evening, house. We will be having a meeting tomorrow by 6:00 pm in regards to school fees, let’s know our way forward. I am deeply in pain, many students can’t pay, I hope the SUG President is in this group. I need everyone’s ideas.

“I’d rather risk my life, my admission than seeing thousands of students drop out. If the spirit of Aluta lives in us, it has to wake up. Please be part of this meeting.”

Getting wind of the planned protest against the hike in school fees, the university authorities slammed Mr Igwe and one other student, Olamilekan Oladeru a “rustication letter” accusing them of circulating an “inciteful press release” according to PUNCH report.

The letter dated May 26, 2023, was signed by the Deputy Registrar (Academic) on behalf of the Registrar, UniAbuja.

The letter reads, “You will recall that on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, an inciteful press release was made available to the public, purportedly signed by the Student Union Government’s President and Speaker.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that you and Oladeru Samson Olamilekan (18291126) facilitated and circulated the information.

“Your actions are capable of jeopardising the peaceful and smooth conduct of academic activities in the university and a breach of the University Matriculation Oath.

“By the powers conferred on the Vice-Chancellor as contained in the University of Abuja Act, he, on behalf of the Senate, has directed your immediate rustication from the university.

“Accordingly, you are banned from all university campuses pending the determination of the case.”

Meanwhile, announcing his rustication while demanding public support for the indigent in a follow-up tweet on Friday night, Igwe wrote, “Today, I was rusticated from the University of Abuja because of my post on my SUG WhatsApp group.

“If the poor can’t go to school, we don’t have the education we deserve. #HumanRightsDefenders #uniabuja #humanitarian #NoToUniabujaSchoolFeesHike #poorhaverighttoeducation.”

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