Angry students in Bauchi injure soldier as army reacts to brutality allegation
The Nigerian armed force has denied that its men brutalized student at College of Education, Kangere in Bauchi
– Violence emitted amid the during the student union election
– A soldier was allegedly rough handled by the students which led to severe injury on the head
The Nigerian armed force has responded to charges that men of the constrain brutalized understudies amid the current understudy union race emergencies in the school.
NAIJ.comreports, about eight individuals have been affirmed harmed taking after violence that emitted at the College of Education, Kangere at the student union election
The students were expected to elect their leader but ethno-religious argument led to its postponement.
In a press statement by Major Joseph Adekunle Afolasade, assistant director Army public relations, the army denies that student were not brutalised in their efforts to restore peace at the institution.
A soldier was allegedly rough handled by the students which led to severe injury on the head
The statement read in full:
“The attention of Headquarters 33 Brigade Nigerian Army, Bauchi, has been drawn to an online publication on Linda Ikeji’s Blog posted earlier today, 25th May 2017 alleging that soldiers brutalized students of College of Education Kangere, Bauchi State.
“This is not true as no soldier brutalized any student of the institution as alleged. The story is complete distortion of facts and what transpired at the school all aimed evading justice by those involved.
“Headquarters 33 Brigade wishes to state clearly that, our officers and soldiers are professionals that conduct themselves responsibly in the discharge of their duties. Therefore, it is pertinent to set the records straight to avoid creating erroneous impression in the minds of good people of our country.
“This morning, the attention of the soldiers located about 300 metres away from College of Education Kangere, was drawn to a public disturbance and protest which turned violent by some students of the College which led to blockade of the busy Bauchi-Gombe Federal Highway.
“The rampaging students and hoodlums that joined them in their hundreds from the school and the neighbouring community continued with their violent protest and blocking of the road unabated.
“The protest and the students actions was as a result of the postponement of the Election of new set of Executive Committee of the Students Union Government at the College of Education, Kangere
“The Platoon Commander in charge of the troops quickly informed the Police of what was happening. But before the Police could arrive, the angry Students blocked the road, burnt tyres on the road and had used dangerous weapons on some of their colleagues.
“The injure soldier had to peacefully disperse the hoodlums without firing a shot contrary to reports by the Social Media platform. The soldiers went out of their way to quench the borne fire and subsequently opened the blocked road for free movement of both human and vehicular traffic.
“It is pertinent to note that the alleged injured students were wounded by some of his unruly colleagues in the school. We wish to reiterate that the reported wounded students were injured in the school premises during election process before the arrival of the soldiers.
“No student was injured during the dispersal of the students outside the school premises where the crowd dispersal took place. Rather, it is regrettable to state that one of soldiers was injured by the protestants who threw stones at him while clearing the road.
“Please note also that the Police patrol team arrived the scene after the soldiers had opened the road for free passage of motorists.
“We wish to state that the ring leader of the protestants was identified and arrested along with 31 other suspects by the military who were handed over to the Police.
“The Injure soldier action was just and did not contravene any law in aid of the civil authorities to avert breakdown of law and order. As a matter of fact, the timely intervention and conduct of the soldiers deserve commendation not false and mischievous allegations.