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The Chairman, Board of Governors of the school, who doubles as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), UI, Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, told our correspondent that the university management was jolted by the news that some placard-carrying youths, who were allegedly imported by the group, had laid siege to the gate of the ISI.

 

Aderinto said he also got a hint that some UI students were mobilising to attack the protesters for disturbing the peace of the institution.

 

He stated, “This hijab crisis started last week Monday and we had discussions throughout that week. But between last Friday and Sunday, we were aware that the Chief Imam of the UI Central Mosque intervened and held talks with the concerned members of the forum. At the end of the meetings, they (members of the forum) said there won’t be any problem and even agreed that all the concerned pupils should come to school without their hijab.

 

 

“I was shocked when I got information this morning (Monday) that some people had been imported to barricade the ISI gate. So, after consultations with some stakeholders, I directed that the school should be shut down until further notice.

 

“We closed it because we didn’t want anything untoward to happen; we don’t want to endanger our students’ lives. We will come up with a decision in due course; definitely, it won’t be too long before we reopen the school because WAEC (West African Examinations Council) and other examination bodies, which will involve our students in their examinations, will not wait for us.”

 

 

When our Punch’s correspondent visited the school, a notice pasted on the gate by the management read, “The International School, University of Ibadan, has been closed down until further notice. Please take note.”

 

A man, who was later identified as the Chairman of the Borders’ Parents, Mr Lukman Ajibade, was seen pacifying other parents, who had stormed the school to evacuate their children.

 

Ajibade said the school would soon be reopened for academic work, because the management had shown enough commitment to calm frayed nerves and restore sanity to the institution.

Aderinto later sent a signed statement appealing to the parents to remain calm over the closure of the school.

However, the Muslim Community of Oyo State, on Monday, stated that the claim by the management of the ISI that the school was a private institution was baseless and diversionary.

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