Sunday, April 20, 2014

Students’ protest was hijacked by hoodlums- Nasarawa University VC


The killers of the students are yet to be identified.

Exactly one week after at least two of its students were shot dead, allegedly by soldiers, the authorities of the Nasarawa State University have insinuated that hoodlums hijacked its students’ protest.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Shamsudeen Amali, expressed regret over the recent student’s demonstration in the university that led to the death of some students of the institution.

In a statement by the Information and Protocol Officer of the University, Jamil Zakari, on Monday in Abuja, the university boss stated that the senate of the university closed the institution in the best interest of the students and for security reasons.

Mr. Amali said the protest by few students of the institution on the federal highway, against shortage of water supply in Keffi Town, was later hijacked by some hoodlums.

The vice chancellor added that the incident occurred because the off-campus students rejected the water supplied to them by the university through water tankers, and insisted on having pipe-borne water.

“The University Senate has already set up a committee to fully investigate the matter and appropriate measures are being taken to re-open the university as soon as possible”, the statement said.

Though the police admitted the death of only two students, reports indicate that four students were killed last week Monday during the protest. Students and witnesses say the victims were shot at by soldiers who tried to disperse the protesters with live bullets.

Both the police and the army have denied responsibility for the killings while the House of Representatives has agreed to investigate the killings.

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