Police Appeal to Bauchi Students Protesting over Land for Practical
The Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Sylvester Alabi, fdc, mnim, psc wishes to condemn in totality, the violence that trailed protest by students of the College of Agriculture in the State.
Recall that on 29/07/2021 at about 1230hrs students of the College of Agriculture, Bauchi State trooped out of their school premises and barricaded Bauchi-Dass federal highway, in protest over a land dispute that was formerly used by the institution as it’s plot for practicals as a result of a court judgement dated 26th March, 2021, which ruled in favour of the plaintiff, Yusuf Ibrahim.
The protest by the students which was aimed at disrupting the Plaintiff from partitioning the land after obtaining a retraining order degenerated to a violent demonstration which involved; burning of tyres, smashing peoples’ vehicles, damaging properties, extortion of mobile phones and looting some shops situated opposite the school.
A Police team attached to E’ Division which rushed to the scene and tried to appeal to the students’ leader, yielded no positive result. The students started throwing stones and other dangerous objects at the Police team which led to a serious injury on one Police officer. The violent protesters were eventually dispersed and normalcy was restored.
To that end, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Sylvester Alabi fdc, mnim, psc wish to inform the general public that no form of violent demonstration or unlawful gathering will be tolerated.
He has consequently re-echoed his order to officers and men of the Command to intensify efforts in resisting and curtailing any act of lawlessness, oppression or intimidation from any group of persons and warned officers to be professional while discharging their duties.
Investigation into the circumstances sorrunding the protest has began, the Command therefore wish to urge law abiding citizens of Bauchi not to panic but go about their normal businesses and stay away from all forms of criminality.
SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, Anipr
Police Public Relation Officer,
For: Commissioner of Police,
Bauchi State Command.
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Report By: PRNigeria.com