Briefing from ROAPE Volume 13 Number 36
Recent Police Killings on Nigerian Campuses
In the late 1970s, the Nigerian military regime under Olusegun Obasanjo faced an economic crisis. It's response was to borrow heavily on the Eurodollar market, and impose savage cuts on already hard-pressed social services like health and education. Student's resistance to the unpopular austerity measures in April 1978 was met with bullets, as soldiers stormed numerous campuses. At Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) at Zaria, eight students and other civilians were shot dead. This year's commemoration of the 1978 killings at ABU has also been met with more brutality and killings. Available reports suggest that up to 20 students and other civilians were killed by the paramilitary police, known as the Kill-And-Go, on 23 May, at Samaru, Zaria.