Petroleum Varsity Students Protest Killing Of Colleague


Academic activities were
disrupted  last Friday at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), following a protest by students of the institution over the death of their colleague.
The Tide gathered that the  enraged students of the university set up barricades to block classrooms and offices in reaction to the murder of one Jimoh Babatunde by unknown gunmen.
The late Babatunde, a final year student of Computer Science was said to have been murdered by gunmen suspected to be indigenes of Ugbomro, the host community at about 8pm near his hostel.
The angry students called for immediate sack of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the University, accusing him of failing to live up to the duties of his office.
President of FUPRE Boys Hostel in Ugbomro, Philip Akpomedaye said the university had failed to provide them with adequate security noting that all the students residing in the community were at risk.
He narrated that the late Babatunde who should have been graduating four months time left the company of his friends to fetch items outside only to be killed 30 minutes later.
Akpomedaye said students had been under ceaseless attacks and molestation from criminals within Ugbomro community.
“The other day, it was another female student who survived a shot on the head. The insecurity being faced by students in FUPRE has become unbearable and the management is hardly concerned.
Imagine a student brutally murdered and the CSO who has failed to harmless Babatunde of being a cultist. We don’t know who the next victim might be,” he said.
The Tide learnt that heavily armed soldiers and anti-riot policemen have taken over the main access into the university as part of measures to return peace to the campus.