Benue Varsity Students Decry Payment of Levies *Varsity taken to Court

Posted: May 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Students of the Benue state University have decried the decision of
the institution to levy all students the sum of Five Thousand Naira
for damages caused by the students during the April rampage. The
students are also supposed to sign an undertaking for good conduct as
prerequisite for resumption.
Although atiterkula  gathered that on the first day of resumption
the school gates were locked to students without evidence of payment
of the said levy, a development though suspended, has been also
condemned by the unhappy students.
The students who have since began resumption with a handful already
payong the levy, however have questioned the reason for the levy as
acvording to them thesome paying the levied sum, have described the
decision as unfair and unpopular.
According to them the fine which is supposed to act as a deterrent to
further occurence of such the claimed destruction is unwarranted as
the students claim the institution did not incure any damages during
the protest.
Speaking to our Correspondent in a telephone chat, president of the
Law Students Association Nigeria(LAWSAN), Comr. Joshua Ortwav could
not hide his disapproval of the decision he terms unfair because
according to him the university has not justified their demand for the
levy as the claim of destruction was false since nearly nothing was
destroyed during the protest. According to him, the university had to
prove that their property was destroyed and how much was destroyed so
as to match the cost to the levied fee. He however called on students
to retrain from further action as the matter was already before the
Meanwhile, a Makurdi based lawyer, Bar. Mathew Alyebo has filled a
motion exparte before the Makurdi High Court seeking an injunction
restraining Benue State University from implementing the five thousand
Naira levy and signing of undertaking of good conduct by the students
in pursuant of the enforcement of the fundalmental human rights,as
enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.
He is also seeking the court to give an order directing the university
to discontinue the reciept of such dues as well as signing of the said
undertaking of good conduct.
It can be recalled that students of the Benue State University had
last month gone on rampage in protest of the knocking down of a final
year student by a cement carrying truck in front of the school gate.

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