NIGERIA: Nasarawa Assembly to probe alleged murder of students

Students Protest

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly yesterday set up committee to investigate the killing of students at the Nasarawa State University during the students’ protest on Monday.

The students were allegedly killed by soldiers deployed to quell the protest over lack of water on campus.

The house’s decision followed the motion by Mr Mohammed Ibaku (PDP-Udege) under the matter of public interest.

The lawmaker said that students had their fundamental human rights to protest against water scarcity on campus.

He said: “What happened in Keffi leading to the killing of the students was unfortunate, uncalled for and ungodly.

“The students have the right to protest against lack of water as it is legitimate.

“It is better to use the police to maintain law and order when students are protesting than to use the military personnel.

“I condemn the killing of the students in its totality, the perpetrators of the act will not go unpunished,” he added

Mr Dogara Sa’aka (PDP-Kokona–East) seconded the motion, saying the investigation would identify the perpetrators of the act and recommend appropriate punishments

Sa’ aka said that water was essential to human life, adding that “he who provides water provides life.

He queried the rationale behind  sending  soldiers to the  university’s campus in place of the police.

The motion was unanimously adopted by house for the constitution of the probe committee.

The Speaker of the house, Alhaji Musa Ahmed, directs the House Committees on Education, Security and Water Resources to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

The  house observed a one-minute silence for those who lost their lives during the protest.

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