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Eight students shot as violent erupts at UNIJOS

About eight students of University of Jos was reportedly shot following a protest by the students over the hike in their school fees. the protest turned bloody when the security officials that were called in to restore order started firing into the air and ended up shooting about eight students.

The instution has been closed down following the incident.

The University Registrar Jully Dandam, hurriedly convened management meeting, and gave the order that the institution would remain shut "till further notice".

All the students in a statement on Tuesday by the University Registrar Jully Dandam,  were ordered  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 which began on Monday, gradually  deteriorated on the second day, with security operatives turning it into a war zone.

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.

He also said that the the bullets used in shooting the students were not the type the Special Taskforce uses and his men were careful enough not to overly injure anyone.

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

Mr. Iweha also reduced the impacts of the notions on the whole stories as he claimed that the wounds on the students were minor, and that they were treated at the Task Force's clinic and discharged already, while stating that the students even injured five soldiers who came to restore order.

As at the time of this report howevere, 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 when the protest started, the students held the university managers hostage in their offices, demanding that the fees has to be reverted to normal.

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.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. ubesie chukwuebuka chidiogo

    November 26, 2014 at 8:22 am

    this is very bad news 8 students , what will the family of the lost one do when they heard the sudden death our their child, I think the school should try as much as possible to solve this issues to avoid more killings and destroying of properties.

    • Ejinwa Anthony

      November 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      that’s why the registrar has ordered the school be shut down till further notice

  2. Ejinwa Anthony

    November 26, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    so STF now wants to trade blame to sister forces but you acknowledge that you opened fire on the students protesting for illegal increment of fees, I just hope proper investigation be carried out amd may the shooters brought to book

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