The management of Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, has announced the closure of the institution with immediate effect.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Tola Badejo announced the closure while briefing journalists in Owerri, the state capital, on Wednesday.
Badejo said that the decision was taken to safeguard the lives of the students and staff as well as the properties of the university.
The Professor of Zoology disclosed that the institution took the decision following the ownership crisis rocking the university.
A former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha has been having a running battle with the state government over the rightful owner of the institution.
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 new name, K. O Mbadiwe University by staff of the government aided by armed policemen is simply one action too many.
“Antics and actions by the Imo State government have disrupted the academic activities in the institution and have stirred an air of panic and discomfort in a place that is designed to bring a sense of purpose to the young bright minds within its walls.
“The decision to shutdown was made upon the heels of the recent and incessant harassment by the Imo state government and its total disregard for the court judgment of the state High Court on this matter.
“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”.