Students Union Wants 'Shooting Police' Tamed
Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) are asking federal authorities to tame police officials that allegedly molest students with their arms.
They condemned what they termed unjust and deliberate acts which they claim are on the increase.
The students drawn from different Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education walked the streets in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State to express their grievances.
At a press conference in Osogbo, the Vice President of NANS, Afolabi Aguda, said the peaceful protest was aimed at informing the public about the alarming rate of corporal punishment and dehumanising treatment of students by security operatives.
"The Nigeria Police Force is under some pressure by the ruling political elite to freely infringe on the rights of the Nigerians in denying them the opportunity of showing their dissatisfaction against any unfavourable policy of the government."
He said recent reports from UNIPORT, FUNAAB, LAUTECH, UNIOSUN, and FUTA show that the Police continue to disrespect students whenever they are invited to enforce law and order.
"It is time to wake up from slumber and demand for regular meetings between officers and men of Nigeria Police Force and the concerned authorities as stated in Section 153 of the Constitution.
"We equally call on all progressive and democratic forces in the country to join this struggle and mobilise heavily in resisting the high rate of police brutality in the country," Afolabi added.
The association’s leader, however, boasted that over 40.1 million Nigerian students have decided to storm the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters should the usual harassment of the students continue, saying “anything worth living for is worth dying for”.
Tried And Punished
The protest is coming days after the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye, told reporters that officials involved in the shooting of some UNIOSUN students allegedly involved in cybercrime had been tried and punished.
According to him, the officer who misused his weapon had been dismissed while others were remanded in prison.
"Those officers have been dealt with departmentally. You will recall that I told you that the internal control mechanism would be activated and that is what we did to deal with the situation.
"They were accordingly tried and the officer found guilty for misusing his firearm was dismissed accordingly and charged while the others were awarded various punishments commensurate to the misconduct that was established against each of them.
"We are seriously guarding against misconduct on the part of any of our men, so when any of such report is lodged, we immediately ensure that necessary actions are taken," the CP assured.
"We have been engaging some of the students. We have been talking to them. We have also been advising them because we see ourselves as their parents, telling them to desist from anything that is illegitimate.
"While we encourage them to start thinking of making money at their tender age, we have made it clearly known to them that whatever they will embark on must be very legitimate," he stressed.