FUTO host community protests alleged forceful acquisition of lands
Scores of youths and other members of a host community of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Umuchima, disrupted economic and social activities of the institution and neighbouring communities/ host communities yesterday. As early as 8a.m, the protesters stormed the streets leading to the institution, carrying placards with various inscriptions, casting aspersions on the management of the institution for allegedly taking over their lands.
The protesters blocked the entrances leading to the institution, preventing the workers and students from entering the premises initially. However, police officers from the state quickly intervened, dispersing the crowd with tear gas.
Speaking on the matter, the youth leader of the protesting community, Iheanacho Amanze, accused the school’s management of stationing about five dredgers at the water front, claiming the community rejected N50 million offer earlier offered the host community as compensation.
When contacted, the Deputy Rector, Public Relations of the institution, Chike Ezenwa, told The Guardian that he could not speak until he received approval from the VC, Francis Eze.
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