Abuja - Tuesday, The House of Representatives has condemned the alleged killing of some students of the Nasarawa State University by officers of the Nigerian Army, and mandated the committees on Internal Security and Police Affairs to thoroughly investigate the matter.
The House observed a minute silence for the students who lost their lives and urged the Inspector General of Police and the Nasarawa State government to take immediate steps to forestall further breakdown of law and order in the affected areas.
Hon Kingsley Chinda, PDP, Rivers state, who led the debate, had marked that "the recent killing of some Nasarawa University students by soldiers on February 25, who embarked on a peaceful protest for lack of water and electricity, was very uncivil.
He noted, "The deployment of soldiers or policemen armed with live ammunition to university campuses in the guise of quelling students protests is clearly wrong and unacceptable.
"The present case is one too many in cases of extra-judicial killings by men of the police and the armed forces that daily take place in university campuses and several parts of the country against defenceless innocent students and citizens is very condemnable."
Chinda explained further that "the incident has led to very serious tension within the university community and its environ as so many were reported to have deserted thier homes for fear of further attacks by man of the Nigerian Army and/or reprisal attack by the students.
"The situation is already generating ill feelings and bad blood between the university students and men of the Nigerian Army, and if not immediately checked could lead to further escalation of violence in the area and the area could be completely cut off from other parts of Nasarawa."
Hon Aminu Tambuwal, who presided at this juncture, called for a vote voice and it was unanimously adopted.
Both committees on Security and Police Affairs are expected to submit their reports within two weeks to the House.