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2 Kill, UNIPORT Shut as Students Protest Fee Payment

Uniport Protest

Two students of the University of Port Harcourt were on Monday feared killed during a protest over an alleged policy by the management of the institution that school fees must be paid before they would be allowed to take their first semester examinations.

One of the students identified as Peter Ofurun, who was said to have been hit by a bullet from a policeman, died instantly.

Another student also hit by a bullet was rushed to the hospital, even as sources claimed that she died on the way to the hospital.

The UNIPORT students’ protest had halted academic and administrative activities in the institution as they demanded that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sunday Lale, should address them and reverse the policy

Ofurun was a student in the Faculty of Management Science before he met his untimely death. His corpse was later taken to the African Independent Television station in Port Harcourt.

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Sources told our correspondents that the two students were hit by the bullets when policemen opened fire to disperse the protesting students from the busy East-West road they had occupied for hours.

However, the state Police Public Officer, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, told one of our correspondents that no life was lost during the protest.

“No reported case of loss of life throughout the students’ protest. What the police did was just the discharge of their mandate of restoring normalcy and orderliness in the university,” Muhammad said.

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  1. Bibire Initiative

    April 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Why on earth would the Nigerian police force continue to use real bullets on protesting children !!

    It just is incredibly in this country honestly. Should it not be some form of light tear gas to disperse them ? or at most blank bullets (though that is also very painful) I understand.

    When are we as a Country and governing agencies going to “grow up” and stop all these senseless killing of our young children . BRUTE FORCE is NOT for University Students please !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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