|Security agents arrest 3 during Kogi state students protest
Security officers weighed in on students of tertiary
institutions in Kogi state that were protesting the continued closure of
Three of the students (a female from Kogi Poly, Lokoja and
two male from Kogi University, Anyigba) were arrested during the
peaceful protest that took place at the NATACO junction of the Lokoja-
The students operating under the “Re-open our School
Movement” had mobilised themselves on major roads as early as 7.15 am,
expressing their readiness to return to school, chanting; “We want to go
back to school”, ” we are not here for violence “.
The students also displayed placards with inscriptions like
“We are tired of staying at home, 2015 and 2016 students have missed the
first batch of NYSC mobilisation and please Re-open our institution”.
However as the students continued with the protest, blocking
the highway, men of the police were drafted to the scene to maintain
But after sometime, men of the Nigerian Army allegedly molested the students by beating them with horse whip and sticks.
The students however reconvened planning to go on a procession before the police returned and arrested the trio.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, who confirmed the arrest, said three people were arrested.
He said the students were dislodged because they were
blocking a major highway that linked the north and the south; said the
arrested people were being screened to ascertain their status whether
they are truly students or not.
Aya said the authorities of the schools they claimed to have attended would be invited for proper identification.
Tertiary institutions have been closed since January 31,
2017 when the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the institutions called
for strike over the negative effects of the ongoing staff screening
exercise embarked upon by the state government.
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