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UNIPORT disowns demonstrating students

10 October 2012, 09:32

Port-Harcourt -  Williams Wodi, the spokesman of  University of Port Harcourt, said that students of the institution were not among those who demonstrated along East-West road in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

The protesters had disrupted the flow of traffic on the busy road in a protest over the extra-judicial killing of four students of University of Port Harcourt.

The four students were murdered by a mob at Omuokiri village, near the university, for allegedly stealing a laptop and blackberry phones.

Wodi told NAN that the protesters took to the street because the vice-chancellor of the university refused to meet with them because of security concerns.

``Some students who claimed to be representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) came to the campus yesterday (Oct. 8) insisting on seeing the vice-chancellor.

``The vice-chancellor declined to meet with them; he told them that he had met with the students of the university and they had agreed to cancel the celebration of the students’ union week.

``The essence of the cancellation was to discourage the gathering of students which can escalate the already deepening security situation in and around the university,” he said.

The university spokesman called on students of the university to remain calm and law abiding and promised that perpetrators of the `dastardly act’ would be brought to book.



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