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NASSARAWA HOUSE SETS UP COMMITTEE TO PROBE KILLING OF STATE UNIVESITY STUDENTS

LEGISREPORTSNG – Following the motion by Mr Mohammed Ibaku (PDP-Udege) under the matter of public interest, the Nassarawa State House of Assembly set up a committee to probe the death of the students at the Nassarawa State University.

The students, who were on a peaceful demonstration over lack of water and electricity on campus, were reportedly killed when soldiers shot into the crowd in a bid to quell the uprising.

The lawmaker said that protesting against water scarcity on campus was a right the students had not a privilege.

He said: “What happened in Keffi leading to the killing of the students was unfortunate, uncalled for and ungodly.

“It is better to use the police to maintain law and order when students are protesting than to use the military personnel,” Ibaku said.

Ibaku totally condemned the reaction of the military to the protest, adding that the soldiers who perpetrated the crime would be punished accordingly.

Seconding the motion, Mr. Dogara Sa’aka (PDP-Kokona–East) and Ibaku’s position on the identification of the perpetrators of the act for which appropriate punishments would be recommended, Sa’ aka said that water was essential to human life, adding that “he who provides water provides life.

Legisreports gathers that the motion was unanimously adopted by house for the constitution of the probe committee.

The House observed a one-minute silence for those who lost their lives during the protest.

The Speaker of the house, Alhaji Musa Ahmed, asked that the House Committees on Education, Security and Water Resources investigate the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

Both committees are expected to submit their reports within two weeks to the House.

This report was prepared by our reporter in Nassarawa.

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