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Tuition Fee Hike: Student killed during protest in Kaduna

A student was on Monday shot dead in Kaduna during a protest over the hike in tuition fee at the College of Education, Gidan Waya in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna.

Okay.ng understands that students of the school had stormed the streets to protest the state government’s increase in tuition fees.

However, security operatives arrived at the venue of the demonstration and started shooting.

The state commissioner for internal affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement confirmed that incident while denying deploying the security operatives to the protest.

The statement reads: “The Kaduna State Government is awaiting full reports on Monday’s protest by students of the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya.

“In the preliminary report received so far, one student lost his life and some others were wounded, while three security personnel also sustained injuries.

“The Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai condoled the family of the student that lost his life, and wished the students and operatives who sustained injuries speedy recovery.

“The government of Kaduna State also wishes to debunk reports that it deployed security operatives to suppress protesting students. KDSG is awaiting briefings to enable it understand the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate violent incidence in Gidan Waya.

“At the time of this update, the Governor is awaiting reports from the military, police, DSS, the management of the institution, the student union as well as the traditional institution in the area.

“The government will publicise its findings after receipt of the expected reports.”

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