Reports shows no fewer than 12 houses in Aluu community have been set ablaze during the Tuesday protest. Hence, the university has been shut down by the school authorities. Spokesman of the university, Dr William Wordi confirmed the closure of the school.
Students from other institutions under the aegis of National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS, stormed the university to mobilise students in Port Harcourt to protest against the brutal killing of three of their colleagues and one other by riotous youths in Omuokiri-Aluu community last Friday.
The rampaging students blocked the East-West road for several hours before allegedly marching to Omuokiri-Aluu community to start wrecking havoc setting fire to about twelve houses.
The aggrieved students who blocked the East-West road, reportedly insisted that they would only move out of the road after the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Joseph Ajienka had addressed them. The Vice Chancellor reportedly obliged them after securing assurances that he would not be rough handled.
Sources said while the Vice Chancellor came to plead with the students to shun any temptation to be violent, some of the students immediately started hurling sachet water at him. The timely intervention of security operatives who whisked him from the spot saved him from being further harassed.
We’ve gathered that security officials have been deployed to restore law and order.