Some students of Caleb University, Lagos State, rioted within the school premises today.
The undergraduates went on a rampage after the school’s management introduced new rules which they found ridiculous. According to the students, one of the new rules prohibits male and female students from hanging out after 7pm.
Another rule insists the students of Caleb University must go to the church within the school premises to get a pass before they can leave campus.
They had a confrontation with the school Sheriffs during the riot. Teargas canisters were opened to disperse the students. Some of the students sustained injuries during the standoff.
About Caleb University
Caleb University is a private university located in Imota, Lagos, Nigeria.
According to Wikipedia, the systematic history of Caleb University dates back to 1986 when Prince Oladega Adebogun planted the initial seed for a nursery and primary school in the heart of Mainland Lagos. The seemingly intractable falling standard in public sector education and the demand among most parents for schools with high academic standards, as well as the inculcation of Christian values served as the necessary impetus for the creation of Caleb Nursery and Primary School.
The high academic attainment within the school, coupled with the exemplary moral behaviour of the students increased demand for places in the school. Parents also began to yearn for a secondary institution that emphasizes the same objectives, ambitions, values and teaching methods. This, logically, paved the way for the establishment of Caleb International College in Magodo GRA, Lagos, in 1995.
The college served as a natural transition path for many pupils who have attended Caleb Primary School. Within a few years of establishment, the performances of the college students at the Junior and Senior Secondary School Certificate examinations (JSCE/SSCE) quickly established Caleb amongst the ranks of high flying secondary schools in the Country. The college expanded its extra-curricular programme, expanded its music band, and included overseas study tours for its students from 1999.
In 1999, application for places at the College reached unprecedented levels, with full applications to every available place. Such positive interest agitated the need for a bigger location. Caleb International College continued the rich tradition of moral and academic excellence and sometime in 2003, a branch of the College was established in Lekki to cater for parents residing in the Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki axis of Lagos. To maintain its position as a prime provider of qualitative education and respond to the industrial demands for staff of true international calibre, the establishment initiated the necessary process for the introduction of a Cambridge O level programme and International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) in 2004. Caleb’s position as an international organization was truly recognized in 2004 when it was admitted as a full member of the International School’s Association (ISA).
Prince Adebogun also felt deeply inspired to establish a university that will do for tertiary education, what Caleb has creditably done for primary and secondary education and in response to the invitation of the Federal Government of Nigeria through Act no. 9 of 1993 to allow Private Corporate bodies or individual Nigerian Citizens to establish and run Universities, subject to meeting approved guidelines such as having an approved Academic Brief, Master plan, University Law and proven ability to finance such a project.
By 2005 much progress had been recorded with the production of the Draft Academic brief, Draft University Law and purchase of over 100 acres of land in Imota, Lagos State. By November of the same year, the first NUC- SCOPU verification visit took place while the final NUC-SCOPU verification was held in May, 2006. To the Glory of God, on 17 May 2007. The Federal Government of Nigeria granted probational operational License for Caleb University to operate as a private University. The University started full academic program with the admission of its first set of students, a total of 83 male and 58 female students on Monday, 7 January 2008.