April 08, 2004
Student deaths in Nigeria

Anyone grumbling about education in Britain would do well to read the stories that emerge these days from the world of African education.

Consider this:

What appeared to be a peaceful protest by students of Ekiti State College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, in support of the acting provost whom they preferred to continue in office, turned bloody with several students killed when armed policemen shot at them unprovoked.

Two students of University of Ilorin were killed during a recent protest over water scarcity on the campus.

At the University of Lagos, a bus driven by officials of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) killed a final year student.

Lagos state University (LASU) records an average of a student killed quarterly by cultists.

Not quite long, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo state, was in the news when five students were killed on a single day by a cult gang simply because the deceased spearheaded anti-cult campaign on campus.

Student killings were reported at the polytechnic Ibadan, University of Benin, Delta State University, Abraka, University of Calabar, University of Port Harcourt, Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), Federal University of Technology, Minna, University of Uyo, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, just to mention a few.

During this current academic session soon to end, no institution of higher learning in the country was spared the spectre of violent, tragic death of students killed either by police or cultists. To be exact, more of the student killings were caused by cultism – a deadly menace which has remained intractable.

Students killed when protesting over water scarcity. Deadly cults. It puts arguments about top-up fees into perspective, doesn't it?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 09:11 PM
Category: AfricaHigher education