by Isi Esene
Reports say several houses have been torched in Omuokiri-Aluu community by protesting students of the University of Port Harcourt to express their grievances over the killing of four young men believed to be students of the university.
The students were said to have been mobilized by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to march to the Aluu community to express their displeasure over the gruesome killing.
It was gathered that while the rampaging students blocked the normally busy East-West road, they reportedly insisted on having the vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Joseph Ajienka, addressed them. The VC reportedly obliged them after securing assurances that he would not be rough-handled.
Sources said while the VC came to plead with the students to shun any temptation to be violent, some of the students immediately started hurling sachet water at him. It took the timely intervention of security operatives to whisk him away from the spot.
The management of the university have shut down activities in the school indefinitely. This action is believed to have been made to allow tensions simmer and prevent further escalation of the crisis.
Meanwhile, reports say the Rivers State police command yesterday arraigned the traditional ruler of Omuokere-Aluu, Alhaji Hassan Welewa, and 11 others in a Port Harcourt high court over their involvement in the murder of the four students killed in their community.
The three 200 level students who were lynched are Baringa Lordson, Ugonna Obuzor, Mike Toku and their friend, Tekena Erikena, all below the age of 22 years.