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Post-graduate students, UniBen guards clash, 2 injured

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Two post-graduate students of the University of Benin have been injured in a clash between post-graduate students and the institution’s security operatives.

It was gathered that the post-graduate students were protesting the introduction of what they described as payment of oral defence fees (External examiner fees) by the school authority.

It was further gathered that the students blocked the entrance of the institution when the school security operatives swooped on them.

The students said  Phd students are to pay N90,000, MSc students are to pay N60,000 while PGD students are to pay N30,000.

One of the protesters who craved anonymity accused the university management of wanting them to pay the external examiner.

“We staged a protest two weeks ago and part of the recommendation was for the management to make new applicants pay the fee. We gave them two weeks ultimatum to revise the decision,” the protester said.

Spokesman of the institution, Mr. Michael  Osasuyi, said the new levy was approved by the institution’s council and that management only carried out directive of the council.

He said some of the post-graduate students had complied while others were resisting payment.

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