Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, management has announced the immediate shut down of the university.
It was during the administration of Rochas Okorocha that the institution was established, it is located in Ideato South Local Government Area.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tola Badejo, on Wednesday, in his sitting with journalists briefed them, in Owerri, the state capital, saying that the decision was taken in the best interest of safeguarding the lives of the students and as well as that of the staff, even with the properties of the varsity.
The Professor of Zoology revealed that the decision about the institution was taken, following the ownership crisis between Rochas Okorocha and the state government.
He said, “The recent visit by the Imo State Commissioner for Education ordering the students to leave the premises was unsettling for the institution.
“The recent removal of the university’s entrance billboard by the Imo State Government and its replacement with the proposed renamed K. O. Mbadiwe University by staff of the government aided by armed policemen is simply one action too many.
“All students and parents are urged to contact the Registrar’s office in order to gain better insight and support during this period. Creating a healthy and conducive environment for learning is key to our operations at Eastern Palm University and as such a parameter we cannot trade.”