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Date of Incident: October 09, 2012

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):University of Port Harcourt

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

New or Ongoing:Ongoing Incident

On October 9, the University of Port Harcourt was closed following widespread student protests in a village near campus where four university students had been lynched and murdered earlier in the month. The student protesters reportedly set fire to 12 homes in the village and blocked traffic on a major local road. University officials closed the campus on that same day, stating that the purpose of the closure was to safeguard lives and property.  The university remained closed until November 12.
UPDATE: This is an update to an earlier report. To view, please click here.