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Reps to investigate killing of Nasarawa students

27 February 2013, 09:02

 Abuja - The House of Representatives on Tuesday mandated the committees on Army, Security and Police Affairs to investigate the alleged killing of four Nasarawa State University students on Monday.

The resolution followed a motion moved by Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) ,which was unanimously adopted without debate.

The committee is expected to report back to the house within two weeks.

The assembly urged the Inspector-General of Police, Nasarawa State Government and other relevant security agencies to immediately take steps to ensure the security of lives and property in the affected areas.

It condemned the deployment of soldiers to quell peaceful protests by students and civilians.

Chinda noted that the deployment of police or military men armed with live ammunition to university campuses in the guise of quelling students' protests was clearly wrong and unacceptable.

``We, as the representatives of the people, cannot continue to close our eyes.

``It is unlawful to use military men to quell a civilian protest,’’ he said.

The legislator said that some soldiers, who were drafted in to bring the situation under control, began shooting sporadically, beating up and manhandling the protesting students.

He said the incident might generate ill feeling and bad blood between the university students and soldiers if not immediately checked.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that four students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, were on Monday allegedly killed by security operatives, who came to keep order on the campus.

The soldiers were allegedly invited on the campus while the students were protesting over the ``non- provision of water and electricity supply to their campus.’’

However, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has denied the involvement of soldiers in the alleged shooting of the students.

He explained that soldiers were on patrol duty during the demonstration at keffi but did not have any altercation with the students.



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