The NEWS (Monrovia)

28 February 2013

Liberia: 18 Student Rioters Suspended

The Administration of the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, has suspended 18 students in connection with the January 27th violent student riot on the campus.

During the students' riot, several vehicles assigned to senior staffers were damaged along with homes of instructional staff members.

The riot was said to have been prompted following a pronouncement by the CU administration to shut down electricity at 10:00 p.m. each day.

The decision by Cuttington University apparently did not go down well with the students for which they engaged in a violent protest.

The suspension of the students followed an intensive two weeks investigation by CU. At the end of the probe, 18 students were held liable for being the master-mind of the protest.

Those suspended include Patrick K. Teahjay, Paul Q. Tokpa, Joseph B. Johnson, and Brenda Lucy Saydee.

Alieu Bility, Kawah A. Souh, Raymond Mulbah, Wennie Vasco Duyenku, Jr., Fayiah M. Bouquet, Emmanuel Brooks, Forkpah Pewee and H. Patrick Kollie were also arrested.

Others are: Sevasco K. Gaye, G. Morris Saygbay, Cecil Roberts Knuckles, Prince S. Doelar, Ophelia Yassah Johnson and Janet Soper.

Meanwhile, the Board of Trustees of the Cuttington University has endorsed the suspension of the students.

At an Executive Committee meeting convened by Episcopal Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Henrique Tokpa, President of the University said his administration's decision to suspend the students was based on an investigation.

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