Amid Threat of Arson Attack: ERU Officers Deployed on Fendell Campus

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The Liberia National Police (LNP) has deployed officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) on the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia (UL) to prevent any attack by victims of the ongoing mass demolition of squatters’ structures on the university’s property.

The ERU officers complement efforts of the UL Police who were also seen at the entrance of the Academic Complex (otherwise referred to as Chinese Building) watching movements of former squatters on the property and other passers-by.

Since the demolition began last week, some of the victims have reportedly threatened to burn the university Fendell campus, although the Daily Observer could not get a confirmation from any of the victims.

But a resident in conversation on April 24 in Millsburg, Montserrado County, indicated that there could be a possible violent attack on the university’s premises, particularly Fendell Campus, to express anger at the destruction of their brick houses.

The resident said he could not be convinced of the fairness of what has happened to their residences although he admitted that he, along with the rest of the group were living illegally on the university’s property.

When he was told that he could never gain anybody’s support, the resident said he could not understand why he should not receive compensation for the years he had lived on the university’s property.

In further investigations the Daily Observer gathered that many of those whose houses were destroyed are angry at the UL authorities, since they were or have not been compensated.

Yesterday, several victims were seen loitering about where their brick and zinc houses had once stood and scavenging from the debris what they could find useful.

In a related development, the Daily Observer learned that UL students are planning to demonstrate against a tuition increment by the university authorities.

About a month ago, the UL Administration and the Board of Directors announced US$4 per credit in the coming semester.

Since the pronouncement students of the university have been threatening to protest against the increment until the board and administration reconsider their decision.
Meanwhile, some students reportedly protested on the Capitol Hill campus yesterday, throwing stones and disrupting the distribution of last semester’s grade sheets.

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