Angry students injure soldier as army reacts to brutality allegation in Bauchi (photo)

The Nigerian army has denied that its men brutalized students at
College of Education, Kangere in Bauchi
- Violence erupted during the student’s union election
- A soldier was allegedly rough handled by the students which led to
severe injury on the head
The Nigerian army has reacted to allegations that men of the force
brutalised students during the recent student union election crises in the
school. reports that that eight people have been confirmed injured
following violence that erupted at the College of Education, Kangere at the
student’s union election.
The students were expected to elect their leader but ethno-religious
argument led to its postponement.
In a press statement by Major Joseph Adekunle Afolasade, assistant
director Army public relations, the army denies that student were not
brutalised in their efforts to restore peace at the institution.
A soldier was allegedly rough handled by the students which
led to severe injury on the head
The statement read in full:
"The attention of Headquarters 33 Brigade Nigerian Army, Bauchi, has
been drawn to an online publication on Linda Ikeji’s Blog posted earlier
today, 25th May 2017 alleging that soldiers brutalized students of College
of Education Kangere, Bauchi State.
"This is not true as no soldier brutalized any student of the institution as
alleged. The story is complete distortion of facts and what transpired at
the school all aimed evading justice by those involved.
"Headquarters 33 Brigade wishes to state clearly that, our officers and
soldiers are professionals that conduct themselves responsibly in the
discharge of their duties. Therefore, it is pertinent to set the records
straight to avoid creating erroneous impression in the minds of good
people of our country.
"This morning, the attention of the soldiers located about 300 metres away
from College of Education Kangere, was drawn to a public disturbance
and protest which turned violent by some students of the College which led
to blockade of the busy Bauchi-Gombe Federal Highway.