Several sources have told SaharaReporters the Nigerian
police in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, today shot
dead three protesting students at the University of Uyo.
One of our sources said he was certain only of one
casualty, but the other said the figure was higher.
Several sources disclosed that the students were
demonstrating against the introduction of transport fees.
Eyewitnesses said a peaceful procession on campus
turned violent, leading to the burning down of the vice
chancellor’s office located at Ikpa Road in Uyo.
“At least three students were shot and killed by the
police,” said a student source. He added that the police
contingent had been brought in to quell the uprising.
Unconfirmed reports said university officials have closed
down the school indefinitely after the protests that turned
An eyewitness told SaharaReporters that the protest was
started by engineering students protesting the
introduction of fares for the school bus shuttle. The
school earlier moved the engineering faculty and the
faculty of sciences from the town campus to the
permanent site at Nsukara Offot. “The distance between
the two locations is very far,” said the source. He added:
“Before now the school provided buses that shuttled
between the two campuses of the university, and the bus
service was free to all students. Now this morning the
students woke up to the announcement that a fee of 100
naira has been fixed for the bus services.”
Our source disclosed that the fares infuriated students
who afterwards mobilized for a peaceful protest. He said
the university officials then brought in policemen to
break up the protest. Two of our sources accused the
police of using excessive show of force against the
“They started firing teargas, and this made the students to
respond by turning violent. The students started hurling
whatever objects, they could lay their hands on at the
police and blocked all the entrances and exits locations
in the school,” said one of the sources.
The sources said the protesters were stunned that the
police fired live ammunition at them. They said the irate
students then burnt down the VC’s office, other nearby
buildings and the school gate.
When SaharaReporters contacted the Akwa Ibom State
Police Public Relation Officer, Effiong Dickson by
telephone he said the police contingent sent to quell the
riot did not enter the campus but admitted that when the
student came out on the street, there was a skirmish as
police reportedly came under attack from students
“wielding sticks and throwing stones”. The PPRO stated
that there was no report of any killing from his colleagues
engaged in the operation. However, he said he had heard
rumors that one student was killed.