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Soldiers kill four Nasarawa State University students who were protesting the lack of water and electricity in the university.
| February 27, 2013
Four students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Niger state have been shot dead while protesting the he lack of water and electricity in the university. The students are alleged to have blocked the Abuja/Keffi road while protesting and at some point four students were killed by security agencies who reacted to the protest. even others received gunshot injuries. Seven other students are reported to have received injured by gun shots and 17 others were arrested . Reports say that soldiers and policemen were at the scene of the protests and most sources say that the students were killed by the soldiers. However, there has been back and forth finger pointing between the police and the army with each party claiming that they are not responsible for the killing and blaming the other party. The police denied shooting the students and said that the policemen who arrived at the scene only cleared the highway to allow traffic to flow. A police spokesperson said, “The policemen that went to the scene only cleared the expressway that was blocked by the students. Two students were killed and seven others were hospitalized for injuries sustained during the violent protest." “Any question on the killing should be directed to the Army. They have their Public Relations unit, the police were not involved in the shootings.” However, a spokesperson for the Army also denied that the Army was involved, saying, "What these people are writing is not correct. Soldiers were not deployed and couldn’t have carried out the shooting. Our men were on patrol duty at Keffi." "The students, who were protesting, had blocked the road but soldiers did not have any altercation with them. There were the police and other security agencies, who were on the ground to handle the situation. There is also this information we have that the police even recovered some arms from the students who were protesting.” Meanwhile, the House of Representatives condemned the shooting and killing of the four students, calling the incident “callous and inhuman.” The House also condemned the deployment of soldiers to quell peaceful protests by students and a civilian populace. Members of the House of Representatives observed a one minute silence in honour of the dead students and also mandated the Joint Committee on Army/Police Affairs/National Security to investigate the killing and provide a report to the House in two weeks.

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"Coming In From The Cold"    California, U.S.A.    March 05, 2013
Let's see what is going to come out of this investigation; NOTHING. Those lives are forever lost in vain. When it comes to unarmed civilians, our armed forces are very trigger-happy because they know there will be no armed response and they are safe. When these same police and army hear of armed robbers, they run like "tolotolo." Danburu Ba!

This readiness to kill without compunction is why I don’t propose that our people revolt against this government like in Tunisia, Egypt, or Syria, etc., as people will be slaughtered like chicken. The only way the people’s revolt can work is if they are well armed before starting any uproar. When our police or army forces shoot at you and they hear response shots coming back at them, they will take to their heels like “tolotolo” because they are cowards. All they know how to do is harass, intimidate, and kill.

Our best option is the “J.J. Rawlings” way, where a man who really loves our country; a man who will totally eliminate (I mean kill all of them or make them run away from the country and will never come back); a man who will not enrich himself by stealing money from us, and will also prevent others from stealing money from us, takes and maintains power for a very long time (about 20 years), until our people become conditioned to obeying and fearing the laws of the land.

Our people, both civilians and armed forces, have become much less compassionate. We don't seem to care much for human lives any more. We hear of civilians meting out justice to other civilians by burning or macheteing them to death, like in the case of the four students killed last year in Port-harcourt for alegedly stealing laptops/cell phones.

And this will continue as long as people get away with it due to lack of enforcement of our laws. Who killed Chief Bola Ige? Up till today, we still don't know, and it is annoying. Can someone tell me one thing that we do right in our country today? None; Nada; Zilch; Zero!

Our problem is that we are just lazybones, period. We just don’t want to do anything painstaking. That’s why our infrastructures are collapsing, and according to the words of the late Fela Kuti, “rere run.” Things only get done if someone else, e.g., oyinbo or Chinese or Indian, do them for us.

Wasn’t China a third-world country some short time ago when it used to be a very corrupt country? Look at what they are doing today. And they turned it around by seriously fighting corruption head-on.

There can be no progress in a nation where corruption continues to proliferate. Let’s start the fight. These greedy leaders are human beings like us; they can also die. We know they are not going to give corruption up until they are face-to-face with death. Fear is no option for us.
Now make peace    port harcourt, Nigeria    March 01, 2013
In time like this operation water for water would have help matters and not operation fire for water. What a mess!
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