Hundreds of students of tertiary institutions in Kano took to the streets of the ancient city protesting the non- implementation of the agreement reached between their lecturers and the state government on the payment of salary increment.
The students who were in solidarity with their striking lecturers went on rampage and clashed with police. The protesters, who marched through the ancient city to the Government House, were immediately dispersed by armed policemen stationed at the Government House premises.
The students, who carried placards made bonfires and barricaded the entire length of the strategic and ever busy Zaria road that links the commercial city with Kaduna and adjoining states. However, police presence was noticed in all strategic locations in the state in their attempt to disperse the aggrieved students, as canisters of teargas were shot into the air.
Motorists on Kano-Zaria road resorted to alternative routes to avoid the rampaging students, who blocked the roads, causing heavy traffic jam, which lasted for hours before the police finally restored sanity.
Reports suggest that one of the protesting students died but the police in a swift reaction dismissed such claims, stressing that they are in firm control of the situation. Kano state police spokesman, Magaji Musa Majiya, who confirmed the protests, said the policemen have taken over the security of the schools, he dismissed as untrue, speculation of any death, pointing out that normalcy has since been restored.
He warned that the police will not relent in their efforts to ensure the security of lives and property. Mr. Majiya assured that police will not tolerate any move to disrupt peace in the state, adding that any hoodlum found will face the wrath of the law, while advising parents to caution their wards