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NIGERIA: Okorocha’s Failed Promise to Students Causes Riot in Owerri

The inability of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, to fulfill his promise of N4 million to hire students from various tertiary institutions to endorse him as their governorship candidate in the February 28 election has turned into a protest as the angered students went destroying property of government in the state capital.

Eye witnesses told THISDAY that the students were ferried to the Imo International Conference Centre (IICC), venue of the event by hired buses and government vehicles as early as 6a.m. and they were there till 6p.m. without water and food only to be denied of the governor’s ‘largese’ that should have been a palliative to them.

It was gathered that things went awry when the expected Okorocha’s promise (N4 million) to the students was not provided and there was no government official to address them, which warranted the students to lose their temper and engage in violent demonstration.

The students who felt angered that no government official showed interest in agitation, went berserk at about 7p.m., prompting the destruction of the governor’s campaign billboards and posters at the popular Government House roundabout.

As if that was not enough, the rampaging students who were in their thousands, blocked the major roads of Wetheral/Okigwe/Bank roundabout, smashing streets lights and chanting anti-Okorocha songs until the police were drafted to disperse the rioters.

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