At least two students of the Nassarawa State University Keffi were on Monday feared dead as a result of gunshot injuries sustained as a combined team of soldiers and policemen fired shots to disperse the students who were protesting against the scarcity of water on their campus. Eight other students were injured. Findings revealed that water has been scarce in Keffi for about two weeks now, a development the Water Board blamed on the load shedding being done by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) because the water plant supplying the town relies solely on electricity. The students had barricaded major roads in the town, including the Keffi-Akwanga Road and the Abuja-Keffi road, thus bringing activities to a halt within the town.
Street Journal gathered that the law enforcement agents moved in to remove the barricade mounted by the students. Shots had to be fired to keep the students at a distance. Some students were reportedly hit around the High Court area and had to be rushed to the Federal Medical Centre with an ambulance, incidentally the injured students too suffered consequences of the protest as the ambulance found it difficult to convey them for medical attention due to the blockage of the roads.
When contacted, the Police PRO of Nassarawa State, DSP Michael Ada said he could not confirm if students were shot by policemen or soldiers, all he was sure of was that security men were on ground.
Jamal Zakari, the school’s spokesman too could not confirm if students were shot. Authorities of the university have however announced an immediate closure of the institution. At the time of filing this report, students were seen leaving in droves.