Lagos - Authorities on Tuesday shut Nigeria's oldest university after a two-day protest by students over poor infrastructure in the institution, students and teachers said.

Authorities shut down for two weeks the University of Ibadan in southwest Nigeria after students staged a peaceful protest in and around the campus over the lack of water and electricity on the campus, they told AFP.

Private Channels television showed footage of hundreds of protesting students carrying placards.

One of the placards read “we are suffering, no light (electricity), no water.”

The university, established in 1948, has produced world renowned ntellectuals such as the 1986 Nobel laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, and writer Chinua Achebe, the author of epic novel “Things Fall Apart”.

Most universities in oil-rich Nigeria are suffering from poor or inadequate academic and social infrastructure.

Two weeks ago, two female university students in south Nigeria were drowned in a well which caved in as they were fetching water from it. - Sapa-AFP