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A peaceful protest yesterday by students of Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, against a planned hike in their tuition fees turned violent and one person was allegedly killed and another injured by security operatives.

The provost of the college, Prof Alexander Kure, confirmed the development to LEADERSHIP.

“The incident happened on the highway and not inside the school. I was told by the security that one student was killed and another injured.
“I offered an ambulance to take the corpse to the mortuary, and the other person that got injured to the hospital for treatment,” he revealed.

Kure said the school was shut on Sunday for mid semester break, noting that he was not aware of the reason for the students’ protest.
“The school was shut down yesterday for mid semester break and students are to resume next Monday.

“I don’t know why they were protesting. The school was closed and we heard there was a protest on the road, and I am not privy to happenings outside the school,” he added.

An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, told LEADERSHIP that the security operatives fired shots to disperse the protesting students following a confrontation after they tried to force their way into the school.

He said the students also blocked the highway in front of the school thereby preventing free flow of traffic.

According to him, a meeting with the leadership of the students was scheduled to take place when the incident occurred.
He noted that the protest was against the tuition fee increment and increasing insecurity along the Gidan-Waya Kafanchan road which many have become victims.

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