The members of the Academic Staff Union Universities, ASUU, of
the University of Benin Chapter are protesting against the action
of the State Government to demolish the buildings in the Staff
Quarters of the institution which according to information was a
government reservation given to the institution by then Mid-West
Governor of Bendel, Brigadier General Samuel Ogbemudia.
It was learnt that the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the
institution, Professor Osayuki Oshodin was sent packing at about
6pm on 7th January, 2015 when the demolition squad pulled
down part of the building in the official residence that he was
The Edo state government and the University of Benin had been
locked in a legal battle over the ownership of the said properties.
Commenting on this, the Edo state Chairman of ASUU, Dr Anthony
Monye Emima, frowned at the action of the state government.
According to him “The University has appealed the court ruling
the judgment and hearing was fixed for this January but because
of the strike by judicial strike and even with the stay of execution
they refused to obey. The government is in a hurry probably
because they have shared the properties among themselves and
the people to whom they have shared these properties are itching
to take possession but rather than do this in civilized and proper
manner they are resorting to thuggery.
Reacting to this, the Edo state Commissioner for Justice and
Attorney General, Hon Henry Idahagbon, said “we did not
demolish UNIBEN properties, we only took possession of Edo
state government properties based on a court judgment of
December 18, 2014.