Angry ASUU members disrupt lectures at UNIBEN, force lecturer out of class

There was pandemonium at the University of Benin yesterday Monday December 9th as members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) UNIBEN chapter disrupted an ongoing lecture at the university and forced a UNIBEN lecturer out of the lecture hall.

This came as there was a division among lecturers at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), over whether to resume work or not.

ASUU STRIKE: Dr Godspower Ekhobase ordered to leave
Some UNIBEN lecturers resumed last week following the Federal Government’s directive to resume work and as a UNIBEN lecturer,  Dr Godspower Ekhobase of the Computer Science gathered his students to begin his class, The Union members stormed the lecture room and stopped it.

NigerianEYE gathered that trouble started after Dr Ekhobase refused to listen to the directive given by the institution’s ASUU chapter, leading to a fracas.
The UNIBEN ASUU officials, led by its chairman, Dr Tony Emina-Monye, were said to have retreated after the lecturer was joined by the few students in class.

Dr Monye, however, said on phone that the lecturer behaved violently, adding that he broke his eye-glasses and ruffled his cloth.

He also said Dr Godspower also gripped the shirt of a former UNIBEN ASUU chairman.

The ASUU chairman, however, said they would not be deterred by the sack threat, as none of them would teach the students, who resumed for academic activities.

The ASUU officials also clashed with some policemen, who were reportedly invited to the institution by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Osayuki Godwin Oshodin, to keep peace.

Meanwhile, at least 30 lecturers in the Faculty of Law of the institution have already indicated interest to commence lectures as they had signed the register opened for them.

Most of the lecturers refused comments, but one of them, who pleaded anonymity, said they decided to resume because they were unhappy with the approach to the strike by ASUU.

He said ASUU should have called off the strike after the intervention by President Goodluck Jonathan.

When contacted on phone, the public relations officer of the institution, Mr Harris Osarenren, could not be reached for comments.
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  2. Tell ASUU that the university campus is not their property. The officials have no right to molest anyone who want to teach. I thought they say that they withdrew their services. Must they coarse others to join them?. It is now clear to all that this particular strike is sponsored and all well meaning Nigerians must rise up and challenge its continuation. How can people claimed to love this country yet they working all round to destabilise it just because they are not in power?. Nigerians shine your eyes. The devil you know is better than the so called saint you dont know

  3. ASUU has become an extension of APC and the northern cabal that promised to make Nigeria ungovernable for the President. Even NANS will not deteriorate to the level ASUU os now. Why will so called academicians want to denigrate the office of the President because he is from a minority South? Too bad. The ASUU President should consider the students and their parents.

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