The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, has been shut down following students’ protest that erupted in the institution over fee increment.
Students of the institution embarked on protest as some of them were not allowed to write their examinations over failure to pay their fees.
Vanguard gathered that the students took to the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene federal highway and also blocked the convoy of the Vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Maduebisisi Iwe, and damaged his official vehicle.
In a statement by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Maduebisisi Iwe, titled; “Indefinite shut down of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture and suspension of academic activities,” the students were asked to vacate the premises of the institution before 5 pm yesterday.
The release explained that hoodlums took over the university chasing the vice chancellor and damaging his official vehicle and those of other officials of the institution.
It also added that about 70 per cent of the students had paid their fees and were peacefully taking their examinations with more than two thousand others waiting to pay before the hoodlums took over and disrupted the peace of the university.