A peaceful demonstration by students from the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) against the hike in the University’s fees and other levies had reportedly turned fatal.
According to reports, a student involved in the ongoing protest at the University has been shot to death by an officer of the Nigeria Police Force.
The victim of the shooting identified as the Faculty president of Management Science was allegedly shot three times in the chest by the police officer.
The protest began as early as 5.00am on Monday, April 11 as the students shut down all access roads to the university including the major East-West road and the Choba-Uniport road.
The University authorities had earlier hiked the fees of the institution at the beginning of the academic session and further given a deadline for all payment which apparently irked the frustrated students.
Speaking on the purpose of the protest, one of the students said “we pay the highest amount of school fees in Nigeria. Among all the Federal Universities in this country, UNIPORT pays highest. They will still ask us to pay faculty dues, departmental dues, exam registration fees and many others.
“We are sick and tired of all these payments. They even went ahead to issue a deadline for these payments not considering that things are hard for our parents.
“We decided to embark on this protest today because 1st semester exams are supposed to start today and what we have done is to stop it from holding.”
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