Students of the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC), on Tuesday went on a rampage, destroying cars, buildings as well as properties on campus due to poor power supply on campus.
The UNEC students, who locked up the lecture halls, held rallies protesting against the situation on Monday. The situation. however, degenerated later that night, giving way to violence.
According to reports, it was discovered that there is hardly any power supply from the national grid in the student hostels, while the generators provided by the school management presently supply power for only two hours a day.
According to reports, the Student Union Government on the 6th of June declared that students should boycott attending classes until the school authorities resolve the power supply challenges. Since then, lectures have been suspended in the university.
UNEC Student’s Protest Turns Violent
Reports say policemen were seen at strategic locations on the campus after the incident on Tuesday. There was extensive damage to buildings in different parts of the campus – particularly the main hall and library.
Glass windows in the buildings were smashed, while some of the doors were forced open. The security office was also vandalised.
The female hostels and staff quarters were also affected with some street lights and other infrastructure on campus also damaged by the protesting students.
According to eye-witness reports, it was observed that the students, many of whom wore masks, also vandalised some vehicles in the process.
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Gabriel Onah, disclosed that about 12 vehicles belonging to the school authorities were destroyed.
Reports say no arrests have been made so far, but investigations are ongoing.
Student Union Government officials, when contacted declined to comment on the incident, however, some students, on condition of anonymity, revealed that the management of the school had refused to listen to their complaints.