Nigerian Army Attacks UNIABUJA Students Protesting Hike In Tuition Fee, Others
Nigerian Army Attacks UNIABUJA Students Protesting Hike In Tuition Fee, Others. Operatives of the Nigerian military have attacked college students of the University of Abuja staging a peaceable protest in opposition to the hike in tuition charges and different points on the entrance of the varsity.
SaharaReporters gathered that the troopers fired tear fuel at a number of the peaceable protesting college students and used batons to pummel others.
“Nigeria is now a country full of tyranny. The Vice-Chancellor brought armed soldiers to disrupt a peaceful protest by unarmed Nigerian students. When did protest become a crime in Nigeria? We won’t take this,” a scholar informed SaharaReporters.
The college students had earlier blocked the primary campus gate within the Giri space of the Federal Capital Territory, over the increment of their tuition by the varsity authorities.
The college students, led by their union executives, displayed varied placards, saying the varsity authorities led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Rasheed Na’Allah, elevated tuition by over 100%.
They, subsequently, described the increment as insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.
On social media, the scholars have created #EndUniabujaOppression, calling on the varsity administration to rescind its choice and open the portal for college students to register.
One of the Students’ Union Government leaders defined why the scholars launched into the protest.
He stated, “Sometime in late 2019, rumors have been going round a few purported enhance in class charges on the college. As a proactive SUG, led by Aluta Famous, inquiries have been made wherein the VC, Prof. Na’Allah, blatantly denied any doable increment and so there wasn’t a lot to do by the SUG.
“Some days after, college students saved complaining concerning the charges on their portals and this prompted the SUG to satisfy with the VC once more. This time round, the VC didn’t deny however intimated the SUG about an settlement reached with their predecessors (led by Aluta Standard) on the increment.
“The SUG was upset concerning the growth and couldn’t come to phrases with why their predecessors might have agreed to the increment, taking into account the truth that the charges had simply been elevated a 12 months earlier than then.
“However, the SUG pleaded for discount, just for the administration to say some college students had already began paying and that the cash couldn’t be refunded. Not solely that, the administration additionally insisted on giving a deadline for fee and registration, an act that’s alien to the scholars’ group because the earlier administration had at all times given college students the grace of paying as late as within the second semester.
“This sudden increment and refusal to be thoughtful and delicate sufficient to point out empathy to struggling college students has led some college students to drop out as a result of they may not meet up financially. True to his phrase, the VC closed the portal for fee. Then, there was the pandemic break and a strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Since there was information of doable resumption and examination dates set, SUG has been pleading for the portal to be reopened in order to permit college students to register.
“In light of this, we are calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to come to the University of Abuja students’ aid and not allow this obvious oppression and intimidation of students to go without a proper redress. Our future is at stake and we won’t fold our hands and watch as it is being delayed.”
On many events, males of the Nigerian Army have been accused of assorted types of human rights violations by Nigerians and worldwide actors comparable to Amnesty International.
In 2015, over 330 Shia sect members in numerous areas managed by their chief Sheikh Ibrahim El- ZakyZaky in Zaria, Kaduna State have been killed by troopers.
The military claimed its confrontation with the Shiites who had erected a makeshift roadblock close to a mosque resulted from an assassination try on former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, whose convoy was passing by.
Amnesty International had additionally accused troopers of raping feminine internally displaced individuals (IDPs) in change for meals and killing lots of in detention.