Police Arrest 15 FUTO Students for Leading Protest
Imo State Police Command has arrested 15 students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, (FUTO) for allegedly being the masterminds of the protest which engulfed the university, Punch writes.
On Friday, undergraduate students of the institution had engaged in a massive protest against the proposed increase in their tuition and course registration fees, among others, by the school management.
The protest soon got out of hand as some of the school buildings, including the Information and Computer Technology centre, were reportedly attacked by the irate students.
In a chat with newsmen on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, said 15 students have been arrested by the operatives of the command for alleged involvement in criminal activities during the protest.
“I can confirm to you that about 15 students have been arrested in connection with attacks and looting of the Senate building, the ICT centre where computers and other information gadgets were stolen, as well as the attack on a bank on the campus,” Enwerem said.
Protests in institutions in the southern part of the country aren’t uncommon as students are often made to pay exorbitant fees when compared to their counterparts in other regions.
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