Soldiers again attack Nigerian student protesters

On Tuesday, for the second time in a week, students protesting the continued closure of Nigerian universities were reportedly attacked by soldiers in Ondo state. The students, who had blocked the busy Akure-Ilesa highway for the second day, said that unprovoked soldiers visited the protest site and forcibly dispersed the protesters, though they fired sporadically. On Friday, some unidentified soldiers also forced their way through a crowd of protesting students in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state. Nigerian Army Public Relations Director Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a brief response to our reporter’s question, denied any knowledge of the incident but promised to find out. He, however, did not respond to our reporter. Also, on Tuesday, a message sent to his mobile line to inquire about the alleged attack went unanswered at the time of writing this report. tuesday incident According to the president of the Ondo State Axis of the Joint Campus Committee (JCC) of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NAS), Surprise Omotosho, the military reportedly arrived at the site of the protest and “immediately began shooting indiscriminately.” He said: “We started our peaceful protest yesterday (Monday) and held a meeting with stakeholders and security agencies telling them that we could stop the protest, but at one point we agreed to end the protest on Tuesday at noon. “Just out of nowhere, these military men came and started shooting live bullets at us. We have some shell casings with us. “You can ask other security men on the ground: the police, Amotekun and even road safety officers, they will all tell you that we were peaceful enough. That will not stop us, we will continue on the road or in our classrooms. The government has to choose one.” Meanwhile, images and video obtained by PREMIUM TIMES also revealed students running for safety amid sporadic gunfire. Or me Also in Oyo state, protesting students said they were violently attacked by police officers on Iwo Road in Ibadan. University of Ibadan students during their ASUU protest today. In the last two weeks, the students had systematically staged protests until Friday, when they had altercations with the soldiers. ALSO READ: Strike: Soldiers accused of trying to kill student protesters in Ibadan But rather than lose heart, a student leader, Emiola Solomon, said they were determined to ensure universities reopen. University of Ibadan students during their ASUU protest today. “So we continued with the protest on Monday, but when we got to Iwo-Road we were violently attacked by armed mobile police and broke some of our members’ phones,” Solomon said. Osuna Meanwhile, the students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, also on Tuesday, converged to continue the protest against the ongoing strike by Nigerian university workers’ unions. From the OAU campus, the students headed to the University of Oduduwa Ile-Ife (OUI) and blocked the Ibadan-Ife highway and obstructed human and vehicular movements. ASUU strike: OAU students block the Ibadan-Ife highway According to OAU student union public relations officer Taofeek Ogunperi, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES by phone, the students want the government and striking workers to resolve their issues and call off the strike. He said, “We want the government and ASUU to find common ground and call off the strike so we can resume our academic activities. We stand in solidarity with ASUU because their demands are genuine and are for the betterment of education and by extension Nigeria as a country. ASUU strike: OAU students block the Ibadan-Ife highway “The government should also stick to their agreement and make sure they do their due diligence on ASUU and get back to class.” background The strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which began on February 14, has completed 93 days on Tuesday due to unmet demands by the Nigerian government. Other labor unions within the university system have also gone on strike over similar unrest. The workers’ agitations revolve around issues of deficient welfare packages, the revitalization of universities, and the alleged imposition of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS) on workers as a platform for payment of their rights. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Soldiers again attack Nigerian student protesters