Hundreds of returning male students of the Federal University, Otuoke in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State were Sunday stranded as they were shut out of their hostels by the landlord over alleged inability of the school and state government to pay twenty -four million Naira for two years rent.
When our correspondent visited on Monday, the 52 bedroom apartments which housed more than half of the school male population was bereft of the normal student activities but the porter and the school Dean of Student Life, Dr. Marcellina Offoha, was seen packing out some of the belongings out of the hostel as the landlord lay in wait to put a lock on the gate.
Speaking with our correspondent, the landlord who brandished a letter from his solicitors, Stream Solicitors, based in Yenagoa, said he was tired of the antics of the state government, who has failed to honour the agreement to pay him annually for the rented apartment.
He said he had made several efforts to get the issue resolved amicably but all his efforts were thwarted by the Bayelsa state government who were the tenant and the school authorities who occupies the apartment.
According to the landlord,
“I am evicting the university, they are my tenants, they are owing due to the negligence from the state government, they are owing me for two years, I have given them quit notice and I hope they are quitting.