By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA——THE House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, yesterday, directed the Nigeria Police to make available an autopsy report to the family of the late undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt, Peter Chibuzor Ofurum, who was allegedly killed by a policeman during a protest over fees hike in the university.
Ofurum, a final year student of Accounting was reportedly killed by a police officer on April 11, 2016, when the students of the university went on protest over the recent increase in school fees. The family, in a petition to the Uzoma Nkem-Abonta-led Ethics and Privileges Committee of the House, had demanded justice for their late son.
At the hearing of the petition, yesyerday, the House directed the police to urgently conclude its investigation into the matter and make available the outcome of the report to the committee on or before October 12, 2016 when it was expected to sit over the matter again.
The family had in the petition to the House, through its lawyer, Amobi Nzelu, stated that the students were involved in peaceful protest over the fees hike, and the ‘No fees, No exam’ policy of the university.
The petitioners said it was until the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ndowa Lale, invited the Assistant Commissioner on Police in charge of operations for a private meeting in his office, that “the police shot and killed late Peter Ofurum from the back while he was trying to flee” as a result of ensuing stampede.