The Registrar of University of Uyo Mrs. Edak
Umandak has said that the university of Uyo student protest which claimed one
live, would have claimed hers also as a bullet shot shattered her car
Narrating her ordeal to other members of
academic staff who had gathered yesterday to access the extent of damage as a
result of the student protest which resulted in school property worth millions
of naira being destroyed. Mrs. Edak said that when the student became
uncontrollable as a result of teargas canisters and gunshots fired by police in
the Ikpa Road
campus the President of the Peace on Campus Initiative (PCI) ushered to drive
her out of the campus for her safety.
She said as they sped towards the gate, a
bullet shot rang out from a police truck which almost killed the driver and
A student who craved anonymity told Rhodies World that the police invited to the scene of the peaceful protest by the Vice
Chancellor of the University Professor Comfort Ekpo not only fired up
sporadically they also fired at student which led to the killing by gunshot of
a 200 level Zoology student Kinsley Umoette and the wounding of many other
Fielding questions from journalist on what
could have been the remote cause of the protest, the chairman of Uniuyo, ASSU
Chapter, Ayim Nwachukwu said “All we can tell you, for those of us who were
around that teargas were thrown inside the campus. We can’t really say what
happened because we were inside. Some of us just managed to escape. So I cannot
give you an eye witness account of what actually transpired on Wednesday. All I
can tell you right now, I am not a member of management, all I can tell you now
from the information we have is that it was related to transport fare for
students of faculty of science and students of faculty of engineering also had
something to do with it but I cannot really tell you now until we are able to get
proper information from management”.
In the course of the protest on Wednesday, property
torched includes the Vice Chancellor’s office which was raized to the ground by
fire, the Deputy Vice Chancellors Office, and the Registrar’s office.
Equally destroyed were all private and
university vehicle packed on campus.
The university of Uyo
student had gone on strike on Wednesday to protest and increase of N200
transport fare for students from Ikpa Road Campus to the newly constructed main
campus on Ekpri Nsukara along Nwaniba Road, a distance of 8kiliometers.