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UNIUYO Shut As 4 Students Die In Protest

Posted: 13-Jun-2013 [07:58:16] into General by Myschool Mike for uniuyo | 5 Comments

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The University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State was, Wednesday, closed down indefinitely as four students were reportedly killed during violent encounter with the Police.

The students it was revealed had embarked on peaceful protest on the campus over the introduction of a new fare regime for the engineering and science students from the town campus to permanent site when the police arrived and allegedly opened fire that claimed lives of the students.

Following the killing of the students, some buildings on the town campus were burnt down last night. These included the office of the Vice Chancellor and that of the Registrar.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Comfort Ekpo, was said to have traveled to Abuja on official engagement when the incident occurred.

Some Principal Officers of the University were reported to have been rescued from their hideouts through the use of ambulance escorted by the Peace on Campus Initiative of the University.

When Vanguard visited the university, students were seen rushing out from the campus with their bags and valuable items as they were ordered to vacate their hostels immediately.

Sources said trouble escalated when the students broke the rule to move their protest outside the school premises. They reportedly met a stiff resistance from security operatives at the Ikot Ekpene-Ikpa road round about.

In the violent confrontation, the police were said to have moved in with about15 Hilux vans fully loaded with armed police. They reportedly opened fired and threw tear gas canisters on the students which resulted in the death of the four students.

The school authority, it was gathered recently announced a new fare of N200 per day to convey students from the town campus to the permanent site with effect from yesterday through private consultancy arrangement.

Some of the students who spoke with Vanguard said they were not comfortable with some of polices being implementation in the school. A final year law student who didn’t want his name in print said the police came in during the peaceful protest to shoot sporadically which led to the death of the students. He said: “We were not armed but police came with all sorts of ammunition in a peaceful protest embarked upon by the students.”

A 300 level engineering student lamented the increase in fare which he said was not adequately communicated to the students. He noted: “Even the vehicles were not even available when the school authority began to harass students over payment. The matter is that we do not want this VC any more. Federal Government should look for a more competent hand to govern the affairs of the school.

“How can we pay N200 for the Federal Government intervention vehicle? It is not done. We are not going to accept this.”

The Chief Security Officer, Col. Nyong (rtd) who was chased out from the campus admitted that school management brought in a private consultant to handle student transportation from the town campus to the permanent site but at the rate of N100.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Etim Dickson confirmed the riot in the University and denied knowledge of the death of any student. According to him, the situation is not clear as to what is going on in the campus as the police are not allowed to enter inside the school.

He added: “We are outside to prevent escalation of the protest. We are aware of the demonstration, but we don’t have authorization to enter campus.”

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Comments (5)
Markable says;
d police classmate's frnd 200l bootany dead n they say no one died?gosh Kingsley udoette.sad
13-Jun-2013 07:05:48 ·
invincibleuc says;
why should the police keep denying it when they kill our innocent citizens,this is also how they killed my cousin. Government should close the police force and let every man protect himself. Rip to dead students
13-Jun-2013 09:03:46 ·
Shugarboy says;
Chai! Nawa oooo! Wot kinda country is dis! Students. Dying evryday. God save us nd our souls #200 evryday! Na pick we dey pick d moni?
13-Jun-2013 09:10:38 ·
roddas says;
wen any suspected police is equally kil,i tink de odas wil be ready to say de truth kus dis day police kil innocent soul to tel u dat is a mistake.i c no reason y peoples children shld always being kil weneva universites hv a little nt hapi de school management.
13-Jun-2013 17:41:59 ·
government former pidgin says;
Mr police officer ride on, continue lieing,deny everything even after you purposefully shot kingsley udoette dead, i thank God you have children, offcourse I don't need to tell you that your entire generation will die the same way you killed kc, nemesis will surely catch up with you, GOD IS ALIVE, i'm sure he will avenge the dead of kingsley udoette
13-Jun-2013 23:25:31 ·

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