Students block majorSouth East Highway
About 1000 students of Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe, Anambra State, on Wednesday, August 2, staged a protest on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway over alleged extortion. NAIJ.com gathered that both lanes of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway was barricaded by the students under the auspices of Joint Campus Committee (JCC), who were protesting over alleged extortion, intimidation and harassment by officials and agents of the state government.
The protesting students carried placards with various inscriptions, ‘Voice of student must be heard,’ ‘Students say no to intimidation,’ ‘Uju Akudo Must Go,’ and ‘Commissioner for Transport Encouraging Touts.’ The students while disrupting vehicular movement and businesses for several hours, chanted solidarity songs, insisting they would not vacate the road unless they were addressed by the state governor.
Daily trust learnt that it took a re-enforcement team led by Superintendent Willie Odumu from Police Headquarters to disperse the protesters after an unsuccessful attempt by a team led by Anthony Akpeyi, DPO of B-Division. Speaking to newsmen, Chairman of JCC in Anambra, Betty Okoye, said the students could no longer condone the situation where agents who claimed to be working for government inflicted hardship on students. Okoye said the alleged agents of government frustrated the bus station designated for students’ shuttle park in Onitsha from functioning.
He said the students paid between N50 and N70 using the designated park but were being made to pay between N150 and N200 by illegal agents, and called on Governor Willie Obiano to stop the illegal agents from conniving with officials of government to cause hardship for students and give him bad image. Addressing the protesters, the special adviser to the State governor on political matters, Chinedu Obidigwe, thanked them for conducting themselves peacefully and assured them that their request would reach the governor.