Trade Union Congress (TUC), has given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to institute a probe on identifying killers of a student of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) during Monday’s protest against reported increase in tuition fees by the management of the institution.
The congress conveyed this in a statement signed by the chairman of Rivers State chapter, Mr Chika Unuegbu.
The statement read: “The TUC, Rivers State, condemns in its entirety, the unwarranted killing of a student of the University of Port Harcourt during a peaceful protest. We are worried that if these unarmed protesting students could be killed in cold blood, then there is no guarantee that protesting workers or citizens will not be killed.
“We call on the authorities of the University of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, the Inspector General of Police and the Minister of Education to as a matter of urgency identify and prosecute those who killed the student. We note that students all over the world have the right to protest. And as a matter of fact, the right to peaceful protest is protected by the Nigerian constitution.
“We want to state categorically that if after 14 days our demand is not met, we shall convene an emergency TUC State Council meeting and invite the State Council to take a decision on this matter including the decision to withdraw the services of all our members in Rivers State.
“We appeal to all parents, civil society organisations and people of good conscience to rise up against unwarranted and cold blooded killings in the country.”
In a related development, the Rivers State Police Command, on Wednesday, stood its ground that none of its men shot any student during the protest.
According to the command spokesman, Mr Ahmad Muhammad, the police used minimal force to restore normalcy during the protest.