By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”AÂ Â FederalÂ HighÂ CourtÂ sittingÂ inÂ Benin weekend granted an interim injunction against theÂ authoritiesÂ ofÂ theÂ UniversityÂ ofÂ Benin restraining it fromÂ ejectingÂ itsÂ formerÂ ViceÂ Chancellor,Â ProfessorÂ EmmanuelÂ Nwanze,Â fromÂ hisÂ officialÂ residence.
Prof. NwanzeÂ hadÂ goneÂ toÂ courtÂ forÂ protection,Â followingÂ seriesÂ of allegedÂ harassmentÂ andÂ threatsÂ byÂ the authorities of the institution toÂ evictÂ himÂ from theÂ quartersÂ situated at the SeniorÂ StaffÂ QuarterÂ P14.
JusticeÂ Muhammed Idris,Â Â who presided on the matter, grantedÂ anÂ orderÂ of interim injunctionÂ restrainingÂ theÂ Â Â defendantsÂ byÂ themselves,Â servants,Â theirÂ agentsÂ andÂ priviesÂ fromÂ forciblyÂ ejectingÂ theÂ plaintiffÂ fromÂ hisÂ officialÂ quartersÂ and/orÂ takingÂ anyÂ furtherÂ steps,Â howsoeverÂ described,Â intendingÂ toÂ circumscribeÂ orÂ derogateÂ fromÂ theÂ plaintiff,Â peacefulÂ enjoymentÂ ofÂ hisÂ officialÂ quartersÂ knownÂ asÂ seniorÂ staffÂ quarters P14Â University of BeninÂ pendingÂ theÂ determinationÂ ofÂ theÂ motionÂ onÂ notice.
TheÂ defendants in the suit are the UniversityÂ ofÂ Benin,Â GoverningÂ CouncilÂ ofÂ theÂ University, andÂ theÂ ActingÂ Vice-ChancellorÂ ofÂ theÂ University.
Vanguard learnt that the quarters hadÂ beenÂ theÂ officialÂ residenceÂ ofÂ Â former vice chancellorsÂ ofÂ the university.
Past vice-chancellors whoÂ hadÂ occupiedÂ the official residence includeÂ ProfessorÂ GraceÂ AleleÂ Williams, ProfÂ Andrew Onokerhaye and Prof. Richard Anao before the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof Emmanuel Nwanze.