23rd February, 2011
At least, one student was feared dead in Kano, North-West Nigeria this afternoon when students of state owned tertiary institutions stormed the streets in solidarity protest over striking lecturers.
Their first point of call was Kano state Government House where they were received by a Director in the Special Services, Alhaji Ali Auwalu who calmed them down and promised that the state government will do something over its agreement with the striking lecturers.
The students were seen in their numbers in major roads of the Kano metropolis where they staged burn-fires and made traffic very cumbersome.
The protest, however, became tragic along Zaria Road where hundreds of the students blocked the major road leading into Kano from Kaduna and Jigawa states, causing a serious gridlock.
According to an eyewitness, a team of police men stormed the area to contend the action of the rampaging students, â€œit was on the process that police started shooting in the air. There was stampede as the rioting students ran helter-skelter for safety.
â€œI can confirm to you that a number of the students sustained injuries as it was also learnt that one of them was hit by stray bullet and that he died instantly.â€
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Magaji Majia, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, confirmed the protest but denied that any live was lost.
According to him, the Police were aware of the protest, adding that the Command swiftly dispatched teams of police men into the streets to ensure that the students carried out their action peacefully.
The Police spokesman urged citizens to move about their normal businesses without panic as the police in the state are ever ready to maintain peace and order.
By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Kano