Eleven protesting undergraduates of the University of Jos, Plateau State were on Tuesday injured after security agents shot at them while protesting over alleged increment in their school fees, the Student Union Government, SUG, Public Relations Officer, PRO, Longgun Dakwon has said.
Dakwon also informed that some of the protesting students were also apprehended, “I narrowly escaped, the military came into our classes and shot some of us while some were arrested and now the school authority is asking us to vacate our hostel when some of us have only N30,” Dakwon alleged.
Meanwhile, the Special Task Force, STF spokesperson, Captain Ikedichi Iweha described Dakwon’s claim as untrue, “There were other security agents there and there was a shooting in which four students were injured. However the shooting was not carried out by STF. On the first day of the protest, the students poured water on us and stoned us but we exercise restrain. Today there was need for reinforcements so other security agents had to join.”
In a statement signed by the University Registrar, Mr. Jilli Dandam, the school management asked students to vacate their hostels. “In order to avoid further escalation of the situation, the management met this morning decided that the school be closed down until further notice. Students are therefore directed to vacate their hostels.”