*says Police used minimal force
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
While confirming that one student died following the blockade of the Kafanchan Highway by protesting students of College of Education Gidan Waya Kaduna State, the state Police Command has advised the students to embrace dialogue in expressing their grievances.
This was expressed in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammed Jalige, made available to our correspondent, said the students became “rioutous” and blocked a military convoy.
“The Commissioner of Police Kaduna Command CP UM Muri urged the students to embrace dialogue as it is best alternative way to express their grievances while assuring them of diligent investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the fracas that resulted to injuries to the students and the unfortunate loss of life,” it said
The Kaduna Command said that on Monday 28th June, 2021 at about 0800hrs the Command was informed of the protest and road blockade by the students of College of Education Gidan Waya Kafanchan over the recent increase in tuition fees by the Kaduna state Government.
“On receipt of the information, the Command immediately dispatched Operatives to restore normalcy.
“The contingent professionally and successfully dispersed the protesters and warned them not to embark on further protest and road blockade considering the existing warning against such action, issued by the Kaduna state Police Command a fortnight ago,” it said.
The statement explained that however, at about 0930hrs, information had it that the students re-converged again and blocked the Gidan Waya – Kafanchan Federal Highway and were becoming unruly and riotous.
“At a point the protesters blocked the convoy of a military sector Commander injuring him and one other.
‘The situation resulted into a fracas where three (3) protesters were injured in attempt to use minimal force to disperse the riotous students.
“The victims were taken to the Hospital for medical attention but unfortunately one person died while receiving medical attention,” it added.