Vanguard (Lagos)

1 February 2013

Nigeria: Free Education - Imo Varsity Students Protest in Owerri

Owerri — Over 100 undergraduates of Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri, have staged a peaceful protest in the state capital over "an alleged clandestine but carefully designed plot to deny them the free education policy of the state government".

The angry students, who are natives of Aboh, Ahiazu and Ezinihitte local government areas of Imo State, equally moved their protest train to the Secretariat of the State Council of Traditional Rulers to lodge their report.

Some of the protesters accused Governor Rochas Okorocha of marginalizing them over their alleged non-support of Okorocha during the last election.

Other area of concern raised by the protesting students was the N70,000 acceptance fee forced on fresh students by IMSU management, even as they complained about the cheque being issued by government .

Addressing the students, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Chinedu Offor, blamed the undergraduates for the delay in collecting their cheques.

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