The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condemned the killing in Zaria by Captain Olu Erizia of the Nigerian Army of a student of the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, and called for the officer to be brought to book within seven days.
The students allege that Captain Erizia was responsible for the death of Emmanuel Ebonyi (aka PAPA), who was a HND Business Administration student.
Mr. Ebonyi and his friend were allegedly attacked by the soldier at MATE nightclub where the officer was reported to have been beating his girlfriend to a pulp.
When the students pleaded with him to stop, Erizia then descended on them and started hitting late Ebonyi. When Ebonyi’s friend took their car, the soldiers followed them and caused the car to fall into a ditch, leading to Ebonyi’s death on the spot.
Sources in Zaria told SaharaReporters that the soldier is a regular face in the club and, in addition to frequently beating up ladies, also stabbed one civilian last year.
In a statement sent to SaharaReporters, NANS calls on the Nigerian Army to bring Captain Erizia to justice; give a befitting burial to Ebonyi; and pay full and prompt compensation to his family along with a written apology.
Below is the statement:
BEING A PRESS TEXT ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS’ (NANS) ZONE ‘A’ ON THE KILLING OF A STUDENT IN ZARIA BY A MILITARY OFFICER ON SUNDAY, 12TH AUGUST, 2012
“Being the voice of the voiceless and a vanguard to the oppressed”
The zone A secretariat of NANS wishes to express its sadness and total dismay over the killing of a HND I Public Administration student of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria named Emmanuel Fred (aka PAPA) around PZ area of Zaria metropolis by a Captain of the Nigerian Army on the early hours of Thursday, 9th of Aug. 2012.
We wish to condemn the act in its totality and regard it as inhuman and an act of indiscipline especially as it was carried out by a military personnel whom we assume to be a professional and a well disciplined military officer. The killing of our colleague, brother and friend by the personnel whom we bestow more confidence and trust on, in the protection of our lives especially now that our country is faced with the security challenges is very unfortunate and an abuse to the right to life of our student.
We wish to state very emphatically our demands to the military and the state government whom the students have been in a good relationship with, in respect to the deceased and his family as investigation is ongoing.
• The culprit should as a matter of urgency be brought to book and made to face the full wrath of the law as the students will not tolerate a repeat of such.
• A befitting burial should be given to the deceased in a place and time desired by the family and representatives of the Govt., military and students be present at the burial.
• The family of the deceased should be paid full compensation and on time, also an apology letter by the military be written to the family.
Finally, we wish to state categorically that our demands be met on or before the next 7days of this publication, while we call on all our students in Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic and within the zone to remain calm and be law abiding as we await the clarion call.
“An injury to one is an injury to all”
We remain resolute and committed to the peace and unity of our dear nation.
ALUTA CONTINUA… VICTORIA ACERTA
Comrade Dominic Philip
Secretary General NANS Zone ‘A’(Outgoing)
Comrade Rilwan Mika’il
Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic