An armed police officer in Sierra Leone, has been reported to have killed a university student, who took to the street with other students to protest about their lecturers strike.
The police in Sierra Leone’s southern city of Bo on Thursday, March 23, shot and killed a student during a protest over government failure to re-open the Njala University since November 2016, as another female student sustained serious injuries and now hospitalized.
Sierra Leone Telegraph revealed that, the police did not confirm the reports, as the police Media Boss in Freetown, Gloria Edwards, could not comment on the issue saying: “I cannot comment now because I have not been updated on the issue.”
The Academic Staff Association at Njala University, resumed a strike action in January for what they considered the administration’s refusal to pay outstanding allowances, benefits to retirees and payment of benefits to families of deceased among a host of other issues.
The college has remained closed as a result of government inaction to solve the problem. Students, who have paid their fees and continue sitting at home for over three months, took to the streets to protest and urged the government to solve the issue with their lecturers.
However, ten students’ representatives are currently in a meeting with the President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House to negotiate the way forward in solving the problem.
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