UNIJOS shut as security operatives shoot 8 protesting students


The University of Jos has been closed down after a protest by students over hike in fees turned bloody, with security officials called in to restore order shooting at least eight students.

A statement, Tuesday, by the University Registrar Jully Dandam, after a hurriedly convened management meeting, said the institution would remain shut “till further notice”.

The statement ordered all students to vacate campus before 2 p.m. on Tuesday as a way of halting the violence and stopping the crisis from spreading to other parts of the state.

The protest by the students, which began on Monday, deteriorated on the second day, with security operatives firing at students.

Witnesses said as the protest continued, a soldier attached to the Special Taskforce on Jos crisis (STF) opened fire on protesters at the Bauchi Road campus of the university, shooting several of them, including a blind student.

However, a spokesperson for the Special Taskforce (STF), Ikedichi Iweha, a Captain, in a telephone interview, said only four students had gunshot wounds, but denied that they were not shot by soldiers.

According to him, the bullets used in shooting the students were not the type the Special Taskforce uses.

He suggested the shooting could have been done by other sister security agencies deployed to the scene of the protest.

Mr. Iweha also claimed that the wounds on the students were minor, and that they were treated at the Task Force’s clinic and discharged.

The STF spokesman claimed the protesting students injured five soldiers who tried to disperse them.

As at the time of this report, no one has been reported dead in the protest.

The students had on Monday began protesting increments in development levy of N10,000 for all students, and acceptance fee of N25,000 for freshers.

On Monday, the students held the university managers hostage in their offices.

The protest continued on Tuesday with students barricading the Bauchi Road campus and hindering free flow of traffic.

The protest by the students heightened tension within the Plateau State capital, Jos, as businesses around Bauchi Road, Faringada, part of Katako, Nasarawa Gwom as well as Terminus Market closed early, fearing the protest might turn violent.


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  • djay

    killings of innocent Nigerians going on in Nigeria both by boko haram and out of control,crazy security agencies under a useless party led by a senseless president.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Students at APC states’ universities demonstrated against tuition fee hikes and got reductions.

    Those in federal universities and enjoying the transformation agenda protested for the same reasons; got bullets!

    How can you compare apples with oranges?

  • Ojukwu Chukwudi

    It pays them well. They voted for Jona boy because he is a Christian. Let them increase the school fees to 1 million Naira, that is what they deserved for their stupidity. Security men keep showing your stupidity until you and boko haram finish us before the clueless act.

  • favourtalk

    What a wonderful governor they have in jos, for allowing them to shoot at the student of his state for demanding a reduction in the school hike fee in the state, what a shame that we have GEJ in this country who allows everything to just be in the country and allow tyranny and injustice to prevail. We need change all over the contry and at the center

    • Psalm 35

      We might as well blame Obama for the black youth shot by the policeman at Ferguson. Warped logic

  • Mohstone

    Well by now Nigerians should know that this government does not tolerate anything “peaceful”, whether it is demonstration, protest or rally. So long as it is peaceful the trigger-happy security agents will start pouring bullets. So what Nigerians should do is: When peaceful change is impossible then violent change is inevitable. I rest my case.

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