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Students injured, varsity suspends matriculation ceremony

The protest was staged by non-academic staff union over non-remittance of deductions and unpaid agreed allowance.

University of Ibadan
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It has also been revealed that four students were allegedly injured as the protest became more violent.

Yesterday, March 9, four freshmen were injured when students, 3,500 of them, were gathered for an orientation programme and the workers from three non academic unions emerged to disrupt proceedings.

Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Idowu Olayinka said of the incident, "while trying to run for safety, about four students were seriously injured and they have been taken to the school clinic.It is so unfortunate that the freshers were exposed to vigorous union protest, it could have been your daughter or my own son."

He added it was better to have students over 3,500 safe and sound than going ahead with the matriculation and risking their lives.

Olayinka also noted that the allowances being clamored for by the unions amounted to about N76 million naira monthly which is outside the allocations to the university and unrealistic in view of the present financial strain facing the institution.

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