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Amosun shuts OOU

students were planning another major protest over fees, which could turn violent.

Sunday Tribune recalls that shortly after the Lagos State government reverted the fees payable by students of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, to N25,000 across the board following months of protests, Governor Ibikunle Amosun also recently announced a 60 per cent reduction in OOU fees.

But unlike the LASU fee reduction that was greeted with jubilation, the announcement of the reduction in OOU fees sparked off protests, as students of the institution stage peaceful protest to the Government House in Abeokuta.

Government had said the reduction would take effect from next academic sessions, but this was unacceptable to the students, who insisted it must take immediate effect, alleging further that there was a political motive behind the government’s action.

The SSG, Adeoluwa, accused OOU students of being the only ones that continually resort to violence during protests, adding that government had to nip this one at the bud.

The Public Relations Officer of OOU, Mr Niyi Oduwole, told Sunday Tribune on Saturday that following the closure, the university’s management had also announced the proscription of the Students Union Government (SUG) with immediate effect.

Oduwole said the institution’s management also planned to meet the Parents’ Forum to to discuss the implication of the closure.

He then advised students to stay away from the campus.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ikemefuna Okoye, has directed all area commanders and Divisional Police Officers as well as heads of departments to be on ground and make sure adequate security is provided within the state following the closure of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye.

Okoye also declared that any students’ gathering, protest or procession after the closure of the university would be regarded as an unlawful gathering or an act capable of causing chaos if not checkmated by the police and other law enforcement agencies in the state.

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