Hundreds of aggrieved students of the University Of Port Harcourt, whose Students Union Week was suspended Monday for a seven days mourning in honour of four of their colleagues who were murdered by the people of Aluu community, Tuesday defied appeals by the university’s authorities and blocked the busy East/West road, by UNIPORT junction, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, south-south Nigeeria.
PM News reports that the students made good their threat to protest the killing of their colleagues, who were beaten to death and set ablaze by the Vigilance group from the Aluu community for alleged robbery.
The protest caused vehicular traffic jam on the road, forcing passengers to trek to their various destinations.
The students carrying placards, leaves and photos of their slain colleagues, called for justice.
And if justice was denied, they vowed to retaliate the killing of their colleagues.
Armed policemen and soldiers have been drafted to the scene to maintain law and order.
The students had earlier been told to remain calm and allow security agencies perform their duties.
The university also ordered that the national flag be flown at half-staff and suspended the students union week that was to start today.
The identities of the students have been made public by UNIPORT authorities. They are: Biringa Chiadika Lordson, a second-year Theatre Arts student, with Matriculation Number U2010/1805036, Ugonna Kelechi Obuzor, also a year two Geology student with Matriculation Number U2010/5565149 and Mike Lloyd Toku, year two Civil Engineering student with Matriculation Number U2010/3010094.
The fourth person, Tekena Erikena, was yet to be identified as a student of the University of Port Harcourt, but information had it that he was a student of School of Basic Studies.
UNIPORT Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ajienka, said the university was mourning the death of the students and appealed to the aggrieved students for calm.
(Culled from PM News)