Reports state that a Peaceful protest organized by Nigerian Students in
Delta State over the continuous Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike turned bloody as police allegedly fired tear gas and gunshots at students to prevent them from
protesting. An anonymous student stated “We embarked on the rally after writing to Delta State Commissioner of
Police Mr Ikechukwu Aduba and the Director of State Security (SSS), intimating them of our intention to go
on peaceful protest..To our dismay, the Nigerian police did everything possible to obstruct our effort by first of all arresting the Student Union President
of Delta State University Abraka, Agboroli Joshua and other students on their way to Asaba along the expressway before the Asaba International Airport.
“After much trouble and intervention the arrested students were released. Despite the police effort to obstruct our peaceful rally, we finally succeeded in
conveying at summit junction where we intended moving on to the SSG’s office along Okpanam road by Zenith Bank where we wanted register our
grievances to the government. It was at that point that the police said we should not move further.
“One Mr Ifeanyi Emmanuel of the Nigeria police Asaba then ordered the police to shoot at harmless students who were going about their protest
peacefully. He said the order to shoot at the students was an instruction from an ‘Oga at the Top’ whom he later identified as Delta State Commissioner of Police.”
“In the course of the police shooting sporadically and firing canisters of tear gas, many students and even journalists sustained various degree of injuries with the three students critically injured presently receiving treatment at St. Joseph Hospital
Asaba”. Culled from metronaija.com