Port Harcourt - Some protesting students took the law into their own hands as they attacked villagers and burnt three houses at Omuokiri-Aluu community in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
The rampaging students, who laid siege on the community, were protesting the killing of three students who were brutally beaten and burnt alive by an irate mob at Omuokiri village on October 5.
The students were murdered for allegedly stealing a laptop and blackberry phones.
A source, who prayed not to reveal his identity told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the students attacked villagers, but could not however, confirm if anyone was injured.
The source said it took the timely intervention of security operatives to forestall total breakdown of law and order.
The source claimed that the students, numbering in their hundreds, stormed the village with deadly weapons apparently to retaliate the killing of their colleagues.
According to reports, the university management has shut down the institution indefinitely until normalcy returns to the university.
Telephone calls put across to the university spokesman, Dr Williams Wodi, were not answered as of the time of writing this report.
However, Mr Ben Ugwuegbulam, the Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the incident.
He said some students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) had earlier congregated and blocked some parts of the East-West road.
He said the Deputy Commissioner of Police led a contingent of Policemen to the scene to plead with the students not to take the laws into their hands.
Ugwuegbulam said the students had insisted that the Vice -Chancellor address them.
"While the Vice-Chancellor was talking to the students, they became unruly and riotous, throwing sachet water on him.
"When we sensed imminent danger, we evacuated him and dispersed the students who pretended to be going home.
"Some of the students torched three houses at Omuokiri community, two of the houses were partially burnt while one was completely razed down; three shops near Aluu were vandalised."
Ugwuegbulam said the Police contained the situation and arrested three persons.