Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nigeria's Port Harcourt university shut after the lynchings of 4 Students

A Nigerian university has been closed because of violent protests about the lynching of four students accused of stealing laptops and mobile phones.

A horrific video of the killings near Nigeria's oil capital was posted on the YouTube video-sharing website.

Students say the four were mistaken for thieves in the village of Aluu.

University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) told students to go home after the demonstrations turned violent with houses, shops and cars burned.

Correspondents say anti-riot police and soldiers have been deployed to the campus, which the authorities say will remain shut until normality returns.

Thirteen arrested
The students blocked a major motorway near the university for hours on Tuesday, blocking traffic in and out of Port Harcourt.

The focus on the demonstration then turned to Aluu, where the lynchings happened on Friday. Read More