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


first_imgThe 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.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shut it Scholes! Wenger hits out at ex-Man United star


first_img Mesut Ozil Arsene Wenger has hit back at Paul Scholes after the former Manchester United midfielder accused Mesut Ozil of ‘going through the motions’ at Arsenal.Scholes has suggested the club’s record signing lacks the motivation to win a league title, but the Gunners’ manager claims the ex-England midfielder would have loved the chance to play alongside the German superstar.Wenger is adamant Ozil has been a major success for the north London club since joining them from Real Madrid and will prove his critics wrong.Wenger said: “A player like Paul Scholes would have loved to play with Mesut Ozil.“I believe it’s a wrong statement about Ozil. He works very hard and he’s a great player.“I believe he has the quality, he puts a lot of effort in to help the team and he works much harder than his style shows. You can be cheated a little bit by his style of play, because he is fluent, easy, subtle and he does not look like he puts the effort in, but he does.“I knew he had a good physical potential, but did not know how good he was physically. He has a huge physical potential.” 1last_img read more