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Court restrains UNIBEN from evicting former VC

By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—A   Federal  High  Court  sitting  in  Benin weekend granted an interim injunction against the  authorities  of  the  University  of  Benin restraining it from  ejecting  its  former  Vice  Chancellor,  Professor  Emmanuel  Nwanze,  from  his  official  residence.

Prof. Nwanze  had  gone  to  court  for  protection,  following  series  of alleged  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 the quarters had  been  the  official  residence  of   former vice chancellors  of  the university.
Past vice-chancellors who  had  occupied  the official residence include  Professor  Grace  Alele  Williams, Prof  Andrew Onokerhaye and Prof. Richard Anao before the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof Emmanuel Nwanze.


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