by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna Police Command has confirmed the death of one student and two others injured during students protest over hike in school fees at the College of Education, Gidan Waya, in Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area of the state.
A statement signed by the Command’s spokesman, ASP Muhammed Jalige, on Monday, explained that the protesting students blocked the convoy of a military Sector Commander and injured him and one other.
The situation, according to the police release, resulted into a fracas where three of protesters were injured in attempt to use minimal force to disperse them.
It further stated that the victims were taken to the hospital for medical attention, “but unfortunately, one person died, while receiving medical attention.
“The Command was informed at about 8am of the protest and road blockade by the students of College of Education, Gidan Waya, Kafanchan, over the recent increase in tuition fees by the Kaduna State Government.
“On receipt of the information, the Command immediately dispatched Operatives to restore normalcy. The contingent professionally and successfully dispersed the protesters and warned them not to embark on further protest and road blockade, considering the existing warning against such action issued by the Kaduna State Police Command a fortnight ago.
“However, at about 0930hrs, information has it that the students re-converged again and blocked the Gidan Waya–Kafanchan Federal Highway and were becoming unruly and riotous.
“At a point, the protesters blocked the convoy of a military Sector Commander, injuring him and one other.
“The situation resulted into a fracas where three (3) protesters were injured in attempt to use minimal force to disperse the riotous students. The victims were taken to the hospital for medical attention but, unfortunately, one person died, while receiving medical attention.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna Command, CP UM Muri, urged the students to embrace dialogue, as it is best alternative way to express their grievances, while assuring them of diligent investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the fracas that resulted to injuries to the students and the unfortunate loss of life,” it stated.