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The university that was supposed to commence this academic year in October 2016 remained close on grounds of welfare disagreement between the lecturers and the college administration.

All efforts by the students to appeal to stakeholder to solve this problem have fallen on deaf ears.

Road blocks were reportedly mounted at the presidential lodge in Freetown and along major streets in Bo and Kenema.

Teargas canisters and live bullets were reportedly fired by the police to disperse the protesters.

It remained unclear as to how many deaths resulted from the shootings with the numbers of those injured during rising.

Some students and others arrested during the protests spent the night in various police cells across the country.

Executive Director, Citizens Advocacy Network Thomas Moore Conteh said that the right of students had been violated and that the issue required urgent government intervention, adding that their organization would do everything they could to ensure things return to normal.

“We are concern by the fact that these students have been out for a long time and it seems as if the authorities have not been able to adhere to their numerous calls and today we are touched and also we have been informed that two of their colleagues have been shot dead.” Thomas Moore Conteh added.

He reiterated that as an organization they would stand by the student until it the matter being resolved and that it something that fell within their mandate as a human right organization and that the issue happened to be very much unfair, as he pointed out that it was a social injustice.

A student at Njala University called on the government to resolve the problem, as they are tired of staying at home babysitting children’s while their colleague in other universities are attending classes, he furthered that the they will wait until Saturday if nothing was done, they would have to be out again in the street and that education happened to be a right not a privilege.

Kadiatu Kamara stated that they came out just for a peaceful demonstration and that some of their fellows are allegedly being killed in Bo and few have been arrested, adding that the called was just for government to intervene as they have paid their fee.

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