A US-based Nigerian actor and movie producer, Pascal Atuma has accused villagers of Aluu community of being hostile to students of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT). He stated that the community has never liked the students.
He alleged that the incident of the Aluu brutal killing of four UNIPORT students recently didn't start today but a long time ago. Atuma made this known through his Facebook wall. He gave his near death experience while a Student Union Chairman of Nelson Mandela Hall ( Choba Campus) in 1995.
According to him, "The only people that are surprised with the killing of 4 University of Port-Harcourt students in Nigeria are the people that did not go to school there.
"I attended UNIPORT from 1991-1995. I am not surprised at all or shocked, and I refused to watch the video because it will bring back very bad memories.
"The villagers never ever liked the students, they were very hostile to the students when I was a student there. I remember clearly the students riot of 1995, when the police came in and opened fire on the students, then I was the Students Union Chairman of Nelson Mandela Hall ( Choba Campus).
"They shot one of my hall members (Ebenezar- I remember his name clearly) who was running from class to get back to the hall for safety. As the chairman, I was forced to put my life on the line. I walked out of the hostel, raised my hands in surrender, came out and begged the police to stop shooting.
"They told me to ask the students in my hall to peacefully vacate the hostel in 2 hours or else they will start shooting again.
"I went back in, called all our hall members together and told everyone to vacate asap, and I remember students just running for their lives, I was the last person to leave.
"The school was closed that day, and Ebenezar and one other student who was also shot later died, they didn't make it. I never did go back to UNIPORT again after that day. That was my last taste and memory of the school called University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
"Main point of my story is that the killing of students in UNIPORT did not start today, it's been there for a long time now. I am a LIVING WITNESS, I saw it and I lived it!!
"UNIPORT is not a safe place to attend the University in Nigeria, not at all, the history is there, and it will never be. SORRY. May the soul of the four students rest in peace!"