The University of Lagos (UNILAG) was re-opened on June 9 1965 after three months of closure following student riots.
The cause of the rioting was the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor, Dr. S.O. Biobaku. But the new Vice-Chancellor’s speech was howled down by the students and as he left the campus, he was attacked and stabbed by a student. Dr. Biobaku recovered, but the student protest continued for several days.
Five students of the university were arrested in the morning of March 3rd, 1965, following disturbances which broke out between two rival groups of the student body in front of the university campus.
The fracas developed when a group of students carrying placards in support of the appointment of Dr Biobaku entered UNILAG campus through a gate which had been barricaded by an opposition group. The opposition group maintained that there will be no classes until the university authorities have revoked the appointment of Dr Biobaku and reinstated Dr Elli as V.C of the university. Police had to use tear gas and batons to disperse the students who hurled tables chairs and other missiles during the riot.
The school was locked down for 3 months.