One shot dead as protesting students, security operatives clash over tuition fees hike

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One shot dead as protesting students, security operatives clash over tuition fees hike

A student of the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, was  shot dead on Monday during a protest.

The deceased had joined his colleagues, who were protesting over hike in school fees, when security operatives made attempt to disperse them forcefully.

One of his colleagues who witnessed the incident, but preferred not to be named, said they came out to protest over the increase of school fees in the state-owned institution but met security operatives outside the college.

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Another student identified as Emmanuel Nata was also shot but he is currently receiving treatment.

Sunday Asefon, National President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), told reporters at a press conference that two students were killed during the protest while another was shot.

He lamented that the state government did not take into consideration the prevailing economic realities in the country before taking the decision to increase tuition fees.

The student said they found it extremely hard to cope with the previous school fees that ranged between N25,000 to N33,000 and wondered what would happen with the present increment to N75,000.

When contacted, the Provost of the College, Professor Alexander Kure who confirmed the protest, said he was yet to establish reasons for the development.

The police had yet to confirm the incident as efforts to get their own official side of the incident proved abortive at the time of filing the report.

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