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Violent Protests: How AAUA Closure Will Affect Students

News reports by Vanguard (and other newspapers) on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 have it that the management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) have shut down the university indefinitely. This closure followed violent protests of students of the institution over the policy regarding payment of school fees before examinations. Though protest is a right of students, destruction of properties during such protests is not a welcome idea. In this particular instance, the aftermath of the protest is certainly going to have telling effects on students of the university. 

One major consequence of the protest is that students of the university will lose a large chunk of the current academic year. Following the loss of a whole session to COVID-19 pandemic and strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) last year, even a loss of one week is significant. In this case, the students are likely going to spend the rest of this year at home. This amounts to a loss of seven weeks which is equivalent half of a semester. This means that the session will be extended by nearly two months.

Another consequence is that students of the university will have to pay for damages that they caused in and around the institution during the protest before they are allowed back to school. There are reports of vandalism of school properties as reported by the Nation Newspaper. Before students are allowed back to school, they may be compelled to be reparation fees. 

Some students will also be sanctioned by the institution. It should be expected that students that lead rampaging protesters will likely be rusticated or suspended. I won't be surprised if some people are later arrested and prosecuted for destroying public properties. Such students will have to be arrested outside the school to reduce the possibility of violence outbreak

In all, the students will be the ultimate losers in this situation. 

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