Men of the Nigerian army have attacked students of the University of Abuja staging a peaceable protest towards hike in tuition charge and different issues on the entrance of the varsity.
SR report that the troops fired tear gas at among the peaceable protesting students and used batons to pummel others.
“Nigeria is now a rustic stuffed with tyranny. The Vice-Chancellor introduced armed soldiers to disrupt a peaceable protest by unarmed Nigerian students. When did protest grow to be against the law in Nigeria? We won’t take this,” a student told Journalists
The scholars had earlier blocked the main campus gate within the Giri area of the Federal Capital Territory, over the increment of their tuition by the varsity authorities.
The scholars, led by their union executives, displayed numerous placards, saying the varsity authorities led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Rasheed Na’Allah, elevated tuition by over 100 per cent.
They due to this fact described the increment as insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.
On social media, the students have created #EndUniabujaOppression, calling on the varsity administration to rescind its resolution and open the portal for students to register.
One of the Students’ Union Government leaders explained why the students launched into the protest.
He mentioned, “Sometime in late 2019, rumours had been going round about a purported improve in class charges on the university. As a proactive SUG, led by Aluta Well-known, enquiries had been made wherein the VC, Prof. Na’Allah, blatantly denied any potential increment and so there wasn’t a lot to do by the SUG.
“Some days after, students kept complaining in regards to the charges on their portals and this prompted the SUG to fulfill 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 in regards to the growth and couldn’t come to phrases with why their predecessors may have agreed to the increment, taking into account the truth that the charges had simply been elevated a 12 months earlier than then.
“Nonetheless, the SUG pleaded for discount, just for the administration to say some 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 payment and registration, an act that’s alien to the students’ community for the reason that earlier administration had at all times given 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 students has led some students to drop out because they could not meet up financially. True to his word, the VC closed the portal for payment. Then, there was the pandemic break and a strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Since there was news of potential resumption and examination dates set, SUG has been pleading for the portal to be reopened in order to permit students to register.
“In light of this, we’re calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to come to University of Abuja students’ support and never permit this apparent oppression and intimidation of students to go with out a correct redress. Our future is at stake and we won’t fold our hands and watch as it’s being delayed.”
On many events, men of the Nigerian Military have been accused of assorted forms of human rights violations by Nigerians and international actors such as Amnesty International.