Following days of bloody student riots
that engulfed the Fendall and Capitol Hill campuses of the University of Liberia during student leadership campaigns, the institution has been temporarily closed to students.
Vice president for UL relations, Dr. Momolu Getaweh announced the closure Friday, saying all students are to keep off the Capitol Hill and Fendall campuses of the University of Liberia.
In the name of student leadership campaigns that should have climaxed in elections Friday, students Wednesday began roaming like hooligans on the campuses of Liberia’s citadel of higher education, throwing stones and firing marbles from rubber slings at indiscriminate targets.
Some severely damaged the Student Center meant for entertainment and the offices of the UL Student Union (ULSU).
Though perpetrators of the vandalism remained unidentified, the leadership of ULSU accused both STUDA and SIM of responsibility for the act, an allegation the two student parties denied.
“Those who did these acts are not students. They were imported from New Kru town and West Point by STUDA and SIM to rain havoc on this campus. This has never happened in the political history of the University of Liberia,” according to Calvin Summon aka ‘Dablato,’ an official of ULSU.
“The thugs stole my computer, cell phones and other educational accessories plus jewelries belonging to some female students while invading the premises of the University Thursday morning,” he lamented.
ULSU secretary general Alocious Nyanfor described the act as “barbaric” and urged UL authorities to do a full-scale investigation in order to punish the perpetrators as deterrence.
Meanwhile, police authorities said ten students of the University of Liberia arrested and charged with rioting, criminal mischief, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct, have been forwarded to court for trial.