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Former UNIBEN VC evicted from Guest House

By Gabriel Enogholase
FORMER Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Emmanuel Nwanze has been evicted from the Vice-Chancellor’s Guest House by the authorities of the institution.

In a letter from the Acting Vice –Chancellor of the University, Prof. Emmanuel Kubeyinje to the Chief Security of the University titled, “RELOCATION OF PROF. E.A.C NWANZE FROM GUEST HOUSE P 14”, he said, “kindly be informed that the official residence P.5 allocated to Prof.E.A.C Nwanze is now ready for occupation as per attached confirmation from the Director of Works”.

The letter which was also copied to the former Vice-Chancellor directed the Director of Works to ensure that Prof. Nwanze vacates the Guest House P.14 and relocate to P.5 effective from Friday 21st August2009.

It would be recalled that a Federal High Court sitting in Benin had earlier granted an Interim Injunction against the authorities of the University of Benin restraining it from ejecting the former Vice Chancellor from his official residence.

Prof. Nwanze had gone to court for protection following series of harassment and threats by the authorities of the institution to evict him from the quarters situated at the Senior Staff Quarter P14

Justice Muhammed Idris who presided on the matter granted an order of Interim Injunction restraining the defendants by themselves, servants, their agents and privies from forcibly ejecting the plaintiff from his official quarters and or taking any further steps howsoever described intending to circumscribe or derogate from the plaintiff peaceful enjoyment of his official quarters known as senior staff quarters P14 University of Benin pending the determination of the motion on notice.

The defendants in the suit are the University of Benin, Governing Council of the University, and the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Vanguard learnt that quarters had been the official residence of former Vice Chancellors of the University.

Past Vice-Chancellor who had occupied the official residence include Professor Grace Alele Williams, Prof Andrew Onokhoraye, Prof. Richard Anao before the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof Emmanuel Nwanze.


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