July 7, 2021
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The management of the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University (NDU) has announced an indefinite closure of the institution, suspending academic activities following series of protests by students over the closure of its school fees portal and the introduction of a dress code for students.

The university in a statement signed by the registrar, Mr Benjamin Joffa, on Wednesday, said that “all students are directed to vacate the University campuses and its facilities on or before 3.00 pm Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Tribune Online gathered that as a result of poor funding of the university by the state government, the institution has taken its fundraising drive beyond limits, forcing all students to pay schools fees within a stipulated date or have their admission withdrawn.

Some students who spoke under conditions of anonymity claimed that even 300 level and final year students and that this is one of the major reasons the students staged a protest against the management of the university.

It was further gathered that the protest further escalated when the management of the university announced that students must wear uniforms to school.

According to a notice by the Faculty of Engineering obtained by Nigerian Tribune, students are expected to wear “carton colour trouser/skirt and white shirt with carton colour tie/scarf on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Tuesdays, blue jeans and a red T-Shirt. Fridays, simple traditional attire.”

However, the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Gentle Emelah, said the government had intervened on the issues being canvassed by the students.

As at the time of filing this report, the management of the school is locked in a crucial meeting with members of the State House of Assembly at the Assembly complex in Yenagoa.

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No Evidence Arab League Sent Warning Message To FG On Biafra Movement

CLAIM: A Twitter user claims that the Arab League of Nations sent a warning message to the Nigerian government on the Biafra movement.

VERDICT: No evidence to ascertain the origin of the statement. The statement is not new as it has been in circulation since 2017.  Also, Nigeria is not part of the Arab League and there is no evidence that that league will make a statement about a non-member.

FULL STORY: A Twitter user, Amah Johnbosco(@johnbosco_amah), on Monday, June 28, 2021, claimed that the Arab League of Nations said the Nigerian government is on its own if it provokes war while warning the government to let Biafra go.Bayelsa varsity close down as students protest closure of school fees portal, uniform

Bayelsa varsity close down as students protest closure of school fees portal, uniform

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