The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), earlier today made good their threat to express displeasure over the alleged killings of four students of the Nasarawa State Unversity, Keffi (NSUK) by Soldiers as they marched to the Nasarawa State Government House in Lafia, where they demanded to know who authorized the deployment of armed soldiers.It would be recalled that students of the institution embarked on a protest over lack of water for two weeks, last Monday – a development that led to the killing of four of them and injury to others as soldiers fired lived ammo in a bid to restore order.
The students who sang anti-government songs, were led to government house by leadership of NANS, led by the Vice President, Comrade Ahmed Jibril of ABU, Zaria, poured into Government House. He was accompanied by other officials of the students’ union body including NANS Secretary General (Zone C), Comrade Daniel Lawee Sunday, the NANS President’s aide on Media and Publicity, Comrade Danielson Monday, and NANS Stakeholders’ Forum chairman, Comrade Abba Abba, as well as the Nasarawa Students Union Government (SUG) leader, Rabiu Omame Tijani.
At the government house, they were received by the deputy governor, Dameshi Barau Luka, who took several minutes to persuade them to sit on chairs provided before they could present their demands.
After several minutes, the NANS Vice President, directed his members to take seats, and began by expressing displeasure with the Monday killings.
He asked: “Who ordered the deployment of soldiers to the scene of the peaceful protest; President G.E.J or Emperor Tanko Al-Makura, were the
students on a war/insurgent mission to warrant soldiers’ presence, where was the Vice Chancellor (Professor Shamsudeen Amali) during the attack, what role did Emperor Al-Makura play in restoring normalcy before and during the attack on students?”
The student union leader also demanded the immediate release of students detained by the police just as he added “those students whose monies were collected in the name of bail, should be refunded.”
In his response, the deputy governor, who sought the students’ understanding, said they must have been acting on misinformation, as he denied that the governor is no emperor; neither did he direct the deployment of soldiers to the scene of the protest.
He however conceded to most of the demands made by the students and also said the state government was already fine tuning plans with the university management on reopening the school in due course.