NANS seeks removal of Army chief over killing of four Nassarawa Students

The National Association of Nigerian Students has demanded the dismissal of the commandant in charge of army Barracks. 

The National Association of the Nigerian Students, NANS, has called for the dismissal of the commandant in charge of the Army Barracks in Keffi, Nassarawa state.

The student body said the commandant deserved to be fired for allegedly giving orders for the shooting and killing of four students of the Nassarawa State University on Monday.

“The commandant in charge of the soldiers should be dismissed immediately, he lacks professionalism in his call to duty,” Ahmed Jubril, the National Vice President, National Affairs of NANS, said in a statement.

On Monday, students of the Nassarawa State University staged a protest against the non-provision of social amenities in the institution. In a manner that has become the norm in quelling protests in Nigeria, armed soldiers were deployed to disperse the protesters. Four of the students were shot dead, allegedly by the soldiers, at the protest scene.

The Nigerian police confirmed the killings but denied that its officers were responsible for the shootings.

The institution was subsequently closed by authorities.

Nigerians, civil society, and human rights groups have vociferously condemned the clamp down on the students.

They described the attack as a flagrant abuse of their fundamental rights including their right to movement and association especially since the protest was peaceful.

Besides the four students that were killed, many other students sustained injuries and are currently hospitalised.

Among the injured students is the President of the Student Union Government, SUG, of the Nassarawa State University.

As at the time of this report, the SUG president was still in comma.

The NANS has scheduled an official visit to the institution on Tuesday, to ascertain the degree of injuries inflicted on its members and the level of damage caused by the soldiers.



Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: New Discovery! Click Here To See A Miracle Device That Can Cure DIABETES, BLOOD PRESSURE, STROKE, ARTHRITIS, PAINS, OBESITY And 50 Other CHRONIC DISEASES Without Drugs Or Herbs.. Click Here Now To See It

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.