Labour, activists seek removal of UNIPORT VC




Organised labour and Human right activists in Rivers State, have called for immediate removal of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Ndowa Lale and his management team over the killing of a student, Peter Ofurum, the Faculty President of Management Science Students, during a protest on Monday.

The groups, Occupy Nigeria Season 2, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Civil Liberty Organisation, South-South, Niger Delta Students Union Government (NDSUG), in a joint press conference yesterday in PortHarcourt, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an independent probe panel to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the UNIPORT crisis.

Co-facilitator, Livingstone Wechie, who spoke on behalf of the human rights groups, accused the vice chancellor and his team for “exhibiting gross institutional insensitivity” in the incident which led to the death of student and detention of about 200 students by security agencies.
Also, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the State has condemned the murder of Ofurum, and gave a 14-day ultimatum to the Police and UNIPORT management to produce his killers.

State TUC Chairman, Comrade Chika Onuegbu, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt,
condemned action of the school management and police.
Also speaking, the factional chairman of the NLC in the State, Comrade William Adah, has demanded a thorough investigation into the UNIPORT crisis, with a view to unravelling the perpetrators.

Adah charged police to provide the killers of the student, since they denied culpable, adding that, it was not enough for government and school management to send mere condolence to the family of the victim.

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