The management of the University of Porthacourt, on Monday ordered the immediate closure of the institution following students’ protests over hike in tuition fees.
Below is the memo sent to liveschoolnews.org by the school management;
The University Senate at its 418th Meeting (Emergency) held on Monday, 11th April, 2016, deliberated extensively on the violent demonstration by the students and the resultant disruption of the First Semester Examinations of the 2015/2016 Session.
Senate therefore resolved to close down the University with immediate effect. To this end, all students are to vacate the University campus immediately. No student is expected to be found in the University premises beyond 6.00pm today, Monday, 11th April, 2016.
Reports also reaching us confirmed that armed officials of the Nigerian Police Force have shot dead one of the students.
It was gathered that the protester, Comrade Peter – the president of Faculty of Management Science – was immediately rushed to the hospital after the gunfire but did not survive the wound.
The deceased, Peter is seen riddled with bullet holes in his torso.
The witness, @Roland_speaks continued via various tweets on twitter:
“This Government led by Buhari should be ready to kill us all.”
“How can you kill a Final year student for protesting, Nigeria is a mad nation.”
“How can you shoot a Final year student to death for protesting? Nigeria is a cursed country.”
“A lot of things need to be done, killing Nigerian student is part things to be done by APC led federal government. Sour country.”
“After Comr Peter was shot, he was rushed to LuLu Briggs for treatment but he couldn’t survive the gun wound, RIP comrade.”
“What will Nigerian police force and Uniport Management tell the parents of late Peter?,” he wrote.