Nigeria's oldest varsity shuts down
LAGOS - Nigeria's oldest university closed down after a two-day protest by students over poor infrastructure in the institution, students and teachers said.
Authorities shut down for two weeks the University of Ibadan in southwest Nigeria after students staged a peaceful protest in and around the campus over the lack of water and electricity on the campus.
Private TV channels showed footage of hundreds of protesting students carrying placards, one of them read: "We are suffering, no light (electricity), no water".
The university, established in 1948, has produced world-renowned intellectuals such as the 1986 Nobel laureate in literature Wole Soyinka and author of epic novel Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe.
Most universities in Nigeria are suffering from poor or inadequate academic and social infrastructure. Two weeks ago, two students in drowned in a well which caved in as they were fetching water from it.