NewsUNIBEN VC Calls For Calm As Soldiers, Students Clash

UNIBEN VC Calls For Calm As Soldiers, Students Clash


February 03, (THEWILL) – Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, has urged students to always embrace dialogue in resolving issues rather than taking to protests at the slightest provocation.

Prof. Salami made that call in a statement issued on Friday, in Benin-city, after a clash between some students of the institution and soldiers on Thursday.

THEWILL reports that pandemonium broke out on the university campus on Thursday when some soldiers and students clashed over the use of an Automated Teller Machine (ATM)  inside the campus.


The students had reportedly resisted attempts by the soldiers to jump the queue for the use of the ATM.

The Vice-Chancellor, in a statement, said, “The unfortunate incident of the clash between some students and soldiers on Thursday, February 2, resulting from alleged resistance of students to the soldiers’ attempt to jump ATM queues on campus has been brought under control.

“Management of the university is in discussions with the hierarchy of the army in Benin (the Supply and Transport) for an amicable resolution.

“Management acknowledges that these are challenging times for everyone and enjoins all to remain calm while efforts are being made to avert a recurrence.

“Management also calls on the students to constantly embrace dialogue in resolving issues that concern them rather than taking to protests, at any provocation.

“Such protests cause more injury and damage for the students and for other citizens’,’ Prof. Salami stated.

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