NO fewer than three students of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro,Isoko area of upper Biafrain the Delta region, who were protesting against hike in school fees, as well as the Monday ultimatum handed them to pay the fees, have been hospitalised.

They allegedly sustained injuries from pellets fired at them by operatives of the Nigeria 
Police drafted from the Ozoro police station to quell the protest.

But swiftly reacting to the allegation, the Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State 
police command, Celestina Kalu, denied it.It is not true; no one was shot; no one was 
hospitalised. It is alie," she said.

However, the Biafra 24 gathered that the rampaging students disrupted academic activities at the institution and also barricaded the Ozoro axis of the Kwale-Asaba Expressway.

Besides halting vehicular movement with commuters stranded for the better part of the day, 
the rampaging students were said to have Burnt some vehicles both in the campus and along 
the Kwale-Asaba road.

This, it was gathered, attracted the presence of law enforcement agents, who stormed the 
institution to restore law and order.It was gathered that the students, who were preparing 

7for the first semester examination, had been given till next Monday to offset their
bills before the commencement of examination, a situation which further infuriated some of 
the students.The students had, at the beginning of the semester, grudgingly

accepted the over 90 per cent increase in their school fees jacked up from N32, 000 to N54, 
850, said to be a flat rate for both old and newstudents.
Biafra24 gathered that as of 2.00p.m on Wednesday, the rampaging students armed themselves 

with placards with inscriptions such as "Reduce our school fees now" and "Return to the old 
school fees," among others and protested to the palace of the Ovie of Ozoro
to register their grievances.Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the institutionMr B.A Ekanem, refused to speak to journalists, saying he was not in themood to make comments.
While the protest lasted, operatives of the police command, Ozoro Police Division, who 
stormed the protest apprehended some of the students and whisked them away in their vans to their station.
An unconfirmed report says that three students of the institution, who

sustained varying degrees of injuries, were later rushed to an undisclosed hospital for 
medical attention. One of the aggrieved students, female student of the Department of

Business Administration of the institution, who declined mentioning her name, said following the protest, academic activities have been put on hold for one week until peace returns to 
the school.


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