THE protest organised by the South-South/South-East branch of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), on Tuesday, had left Umuokiri-Aluu a ghost town.
It will be recalled that the NANS-led protest, after dispersing from the East-West Road, where they mounted a blockade on Tuesday morning, headed for Umuokiri-Aluu, the community where four students of the University of Port Harcourt were killed, setting fire on the valuables they could reach.
The attack saw residents, including indigenes and tenants, fleeing for safety, leaving the community deserted. Students of the University of Port Harcourt were also seen leaving the area.
The community was, however, filled with presence of security units and some of the people whose property were vandalised. A truck load of mobile policemen was spotted at one location near the scene of the killings, while over 50 other armed operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), State Security Service (SSS) and policemen were seen moving round the town.
Meanwhile, five persons, who were seen near the spot where the students were killed in Umuokiri were arrested by security operatives on Wednesday.