The Engineering students of University of Uyo went for a peaceful demonstration at the office of the Vice Chancellor in other to address issues about the sudden changes made by the V.C concerning their transportation from Uniuyo Main Campus to Uniuyo Permanent Site.
The Vice Chancellor decided that students who want to board the school bus from Main camp to Permanent site for lectures had to pay N100 daily before using the school bus that was free.Some complained that the GST fee N2,000k was too much. So other faculty students joined the protest.
They led a peaceful demonstration to the V.C’s Office to lay their complains about the sudden change. On arrival the security officials at the V.C’s office tried to stop the students from gaining access to the Vice Chancellor, the students therefore retaliated by throwing stones at the security officials and blocked Ikot Ekpene road .
The security officials had no option but to call for back-up which led to the riot . The police who were supposed to calm the situation fired shots at the students and killed three innocent students, one has been identified as Kingsley a 200 level student of the department of zoology . The students on the other hand destroyed school properties, set the office of the V.C, the school’s main gate and a hostel. The rampage went on for hours. The school has been closed down till further notice.