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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Nigerian Soldiers Open Fire On Protesting UniJos Students


Military men attached to the Special Task Force (STF) in Plateau state have reportedly opened fire on protesting students of the University of Jos on Tuesday.

Some of the students were arrested and moved to the STF headquarters in Jos, according to eyewitness account.

The Student Union Government (SUG) Public Relations Officer Longgun Dakwon told Daily Trust on phone that the shooting was carried out by military men who stormed the school premises and arrested some students.

Dakwon explained that “I narrowly escaped; the military came into our classes and shot some of us while some were arrested.”

Another student, Ibrahim Musa said two students were shot adding that “I saw one shot on the leg and another in the chest.”

The STF spokesman, Captain Ikedichi Iweha did not answer his call or respond to a text message put to his phone.

The University of Jos students had in the early hours of Tuesday resumed their protest over the increment of the school’s development level, which is now N10,000, the increment of acceptance fee for fresh students, N25,000 and the N10, 000 increment in tuition fee for returning students.

On Monday, the protesting students held the university authority hostage, barricaded the Bauchi road campus, hindering free flow of traffic.

The University Registrar, Jully Dandam, had in a statement, said a seven-person committee has been inaugurated to look into the agitations.

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