Uniabuja Students Protest Colleague’s Death, Block Airport Road

Uniabuja Students Protest Colleague’s Death, Block Airport Road

Chris Steven, Abuja

Following the death of a student of University of Abuja on Sunday night, hundreds of students of the University on Monday blocked the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport road protesting the death of their colleague.

The Umar Musa Yar’Adua express road is one of the Abuja’s major entry and exit points for motorists and visitors through the airport.

They gathered at the main entrance of the university demanding for the sack of the university’s chief security officer over what they called his inability to protect them.

Simi Love, a 200 level student of History Department at the university, was reportedly knocked down on Sunday by a vehicle while fleeing from suspected armed bandits.

The incident occurred in front of the gate of the main campus.

The angry students lamented that robbery have always taken in front of the university’s main gate while the security operatives have not been able to nip the situation in the bud.

“They have been robbing students in front of the school for some time now. She was knocked down by a car while trying to escape armed robbers” a student who simply identified herself as Pamilerin said

“The person that knocked her down brought the girl into school immediately for treatment but she did not survive it because they are no facilities in the school clinic.” she added

The protest was mobilised by  President  of Student Union Government, SUG at the university Okoye Abdulazeez, who on Sunday   in a statement said the chief security officer of the school “must go” since he could no longer protect the students.

“Our university clinic must be adequately staffed and equipped,” the statement by Abdulazeez read.

“We thereby jingle the solidarity bell to all the students. Come 6:00 am today (Monday), we are converging at the front of main campus of University of Abuja. And our prayers to the vice-chancellor must be honoured.”