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Published May 30, 2012, 10:36 AM

Nigeria students protest over name change

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A major university in Nigeria has shut down campus for two weeks after thousands protesting a proposed name change for the institution closed a major bridge leading into business center of the country's largest city.

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A major university in Nigeria has shut down campus for two weeks after thousands protesting a proposed name change for the institution closed a major bridge leading into business center of the country's largest city.

The University of Lagos urged its students to head home for the hastily announced holiday Wednesday as students and unemployed youths took over the city's Third Mainland Bridge that morning. The protest disrupted traffic throughout the city.

Students ultimately returned to campus after police officials asked them to leave. They later marched through and chanted in dormitories after being told to leave.

Tuesday, President Goodluck Jonathan said the school would be renamed Moshood Abiola University in honor of a political prisoner who died in jail over a decade ago.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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