11 Unijos students shot during protests, school shut down

by James Sambo

The University of Jos has been shut down indefinitely after a protest by students over hike in fees turned violent.

The protest started Monday morning with students holding university administrators hostage in their offices.

However, the protest took a new twist when on Tuesday November 25th, Security agents in Plateau state shot at the protesting students,  injuring 11 of them.

one of the wounded protesters

The Student Union Government (SUG) Public Relations Officer Longgun Dakwon confirmed the action of the military.

“I narrowly escaped, the military came into our classes and shot some of us while some were arrested and now the school authority is asking us to vacate our hostel when some of us have only N30,”

Meanwhile, STF (Special Task force) spokesperson, Captain Ikedichi Iweha has denied allegations that the military was responsible for the shooting

“There were other security agents there and there was a shooting in which four students were injured. However the shooting was not carried out by STF. On the first day of the protest, the students poured water on us and stoned us but we exercise restrain. Today there was need for reinforcements so other security agents had to join. The school property is under threat because they have allowed miscreants to hijack the protest, four of our men were injured during the protest yet we exercised restrain, their protest should be within the bounds of law.

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