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Nasarawa Killings: Students provoked, as Army Denies Complicity

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) united to fight for four of its own who were mauled down by the bullets of law enforcement agents invited to help quell the riot at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi. The students were said to have filed out to protest frequent outages and acute water scarcity on their campus.

The soldiers who came to quell the riot have been fingered for firing the bullets that killed the affected students, but the army authorities have denied the allegation, insisting that at such occasions, they do not fire live ammunition. But not swayed by the denial, NANS has announced plans to march on Abuja, the Ministry of Defence and other 36 state capitals to compel President Goodluck Jonathan to bring to book perpetrators of the heinous act.

The association, which is presently spoiling for a war with the Governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, over the ugly incident, also called on  Jonathan to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter and prosecute any soldier found to have participated in the killing of the students. Members of the House of Representatives have also expressed dismay at the invitation of soldiers to quell students’ protests. The lower chamber had also ordered a probe into the killings.

At a Press Briefing in Ado-Ekiti, the NANS National President, Yinka Gbadebo, said the national secretariat of the association had been directed to relocate to Nasarawa State with immediate effect. While expressing disappointment with the murder of the innocent students during a peaceful protest, NANS urged  students to commence a process of civil disobedience against Al-Makura in any public function across the country, until those behind the heinous crime are apprehended.

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