According to a source in Kaduna State’s Southern Kaduna area, a brother of one of the students killed during a protest was beaten by soldiers when he asked for his brother’s corpse.
According to the source, security operatives shot students at the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna state, who were protesting a hike in their school fees.
Hundreds of students had gathered at the school gate to protest the hike imposed by the Nasir El-Rufai-led state government, but they were met with resistance from security agents assigned to thwart the protest.
According to a source, three students were killed, though the school only confirmed the deaths of two students.
He stated that the colleagues of the first student who was confirmed killed by the soldiers had sent a message to his family, and the deceased’s father had sent a younger man to retrieve the corpse for burial.
However, it was claimed that the young man was mercilessly beaten by the soldiers and sent home.
Narrating the story the source said, “Three students died from the soldiers’ attack on the students. The school has been closed for now. It was just a simple protest by the students over the increment in the school fees so when the soldiers came.
“It is not like the students were armed, they shot at them. Two died instantly and the third person died at the hospital, it is three students that died. The students who were shot dead were from Southern Kaduna.
“The first student that was shot, his colleagues called his family that he had been shot and the father sent his elder brother to go and confirm so when he got there, the soldiers had already taken the corpse to their barracks; the soldiers didn’t even know three students were killed.
“The father of the first student asked the elder brother to go and confirm. On getting there, he was told the soldiers had taken the corpse so he went to ask the soldiers, they started beating him. He was not detained but beaten to stupor before they sent him back home.”
Sani submitted this article (Surname withheld)