Sixteen Nigerian students from various tertiary educational institutions in the country have fallen in the past three months by the hands of trigger-happy policemen, says the National Association of Nigerians Students, NANS.
Consequently, the umbrella body for Nigerian students has asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to resign over his inability to put an end to the extra-judicial killing of students by his men.
At a press conference organised in the nation’s capital – Abuja – last week to mark the death of some NANS officials who died in a motor accident en route University of Uyo to intervene in the killing of a student of the institution by a policeman, NANS national President, Comrade Yinka Gbadegbo, called for the arrest and prosecution of the policemen responsible for the killings.
Gbadegbo, who raised the alarm last week that he has received several threats to his life following his call on the IG of police to resign, noted that the police have become the number one enemies of the students and warned that if nothing urgent was done to halt the killings, the students might be forced to defend themselves. He did not state how.