PHOTOS: Two Die, Nasarrawa Poly Shut As Students Protest Death Of Colleague

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Pandemonium rocked the Nasarawa State Polytechnic,
Lafia, on Wednesday after a protest turned tragic, two
students reportedly killed while several others injured.
Reports gathered that it all started when an ND 2 student of
Accountancy department was knocked down and killed by a
vehicle using one way on Tuesday.
The aggrieved students, on Wednesday, blocked the main
road in a peaceful protest demanding the state government
to install speed bumps on the road.
The protest reportedly took another dimension when the
security operatives called to calm the scene reportedly
teargas and bullets in the air and at the students.

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Speaking to newsmen, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of
the Student Union Government (SUG), Jafaru Habibu,
explained that “the incident has been reoccurring in the
school for sometime because we have lost a lot of students
and this sparked a lot of reactions from students and we
decided to embark on a peaceful protest.”
”While they were protesting the loss of their student on the
Lafia- Akwanga highway, the police shot two of their
students of which one died instantly while the other one
has been rushed to the hospital.
”We are always paying all the fees the institution ask us to
pay so they should also meet our demands, government
has continued to turn deaf ears to our plea of constructing
bumps along the school road,” he added.
The Registrar of the Polytechnic, Labani Joseph, said that
the management had earlier appealed to the students to
shelve their protest and go back to class saying that the
management of the institution promised to look into the
matter but the students paid deaf ears to their pleas.
He explained that, when the protest got to its peak, they had
to invite the security operatives to calm down the situation,
which led to the gun duel between the students and security
operatives.
The Registrar, however, pronounced that, the school has
been closed down indefinitely as a result of the crises.

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