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The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), River State chapter condemns the killing of Uniport Students


The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Rivers State chapter has condemned the killing of three (two is still unconfirmed) Uniport students during the demonstration carried out by the university students on Monday against the policy of “No school fees No exams” decreed by the University management.

According to a statement signed by the TUC state chairman, Comrade Hyginus Chika Onuegbu FCA, JP, and which was obtained by Pitakwatimes.com,

“The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) Rivers State condemns in its entirety the unwarranted killing today of three students of the University of Port Harcourt who were on a peaceful protest. We are worried that if three unarmed protesting students will be killed in cold blood then there is no guarantee that protesting workers or citizens will not be killed.  We call on the authorities of the University of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, the Inspector-General of Police and the Hon. Minister for Education to as a matter of utmost urgency identify and prosecute those who killed the innocent protesting students. We note that students all over the world have the right to protest. And as a matter of fact, the right to peaceful protests is protected by the Nigerian constitution.

Related: Uniport Student Shot and Killed By Police and the Full Gist of What Caused the Uproar

We want to state categorically that if within 14 days our demand is not met, we shall convene an emergency TUC State Council meeting and invite the State Council to take a decision on this matter including the decision to withdraw the services of all our members in Rivers State. We appeal to all parents, civil society organizations and people of good conscience to rise up against the unwarranted and cold blooded killing of these students, whose only offence was protesting against the policy of the authorities of the University of Port Harcourt. We want to state categorically that if the Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT cannot handle a mere students protest, then he should resign immediately. Silence in this matter cannot be golden but an actively collaboration with the murderers of the students.”

Reported by @GeogellySports

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