NANS threatens action, NLC urges culprits' arrest, trial
Nigerian Army Wednesday denied the allegation that its troops killed any
of the students who participated in the riots in front of the Nasarawa
State University, Keffi, on Monday.
the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to
stage what it called "Mother of all protests" across the country if the
soldiers, who allegedly perpetrated the killing, are not brought to
came as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) called for restraint in the
use of brute force to curtail peaceful protests in the country.
reaction to the allegation, which was published in the media, the
Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who
spoke with journalists in Abuja, said: "I categorically say that our
(Army) troops were not involved. Nigerian troops in Keffi did not shoot
any of the students. Our troops were not deployed for peace mission in
Nasarawa State. They were deployed for patrol. It is the responsibility
of the police to quell riots in Nigeria."
also said in order to make the fight against terror part of the focus of
its officers, "the Nigerian Army has introduced Counter Terrorism and
Counter Insurgency (CT COIN) training for all officers of the rank of
Major and below, in line with its new strategy to increase combat
Towards this, various CT COIN trainings will kick off from next month in various training locations, including Kontagora.
President, Yinka Gbadebo, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti Wednesday, said the
association would resist any move to protect the trigger-happy soldiers
as "unknown soldiers" and appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to
immediately set up a committee to investigate the matter.
students' leader also berated the Nasarawa State Governor Tanko
Al-Makura and urged all students to show their annoyance towards him in
any public function across the country, until those behind the heinous
crime are apprehended.
Emmanuel Buba Nyam, a 300-level student in the Physics Department and
Amina Usman Usuko, a 400-level student of the Department of Geography,
were on Monday, February 25, allegedly shot dead by soldiers deployed to
Keffi streets when NSUK students were protesting outage and lack of
potable water in the institution.
threatened to take the case to the International Court of Justice if the
Federal Government failed to sanction the "trigger-happy" soldiers.
described as incongruous and antithetical to democratic practice, the
deployment of soldiers to the streets during students' protest, saying
that should have been the constitutional role of the anti-riot
statement yesterday, the NLC urged the government and school
authorities to desist from engaging members of the security forces who
"lack the right temperament" to quell protests in schools.
the statement signed by the Congress's President, Abdulwahab Omar,
admonished the government to fish out the soldiers who allegedly shot
the students and bring them to book.
According to the Congress, the right to dissent or protest is a constitutional right and not a privilege.