The students were actually protesting their recent plight in their hostels which has turned them into becoming urchins living under the condition worse than some internally displaced people IDPs camps.
Trouble started when resident students of the Kashim Ibrahim College of Education and those from Umar Ibn Elkanemi College of Science and Technology Bama came back from their teaching practice this month and found out that their hostels were sealed and they could not access their belongings to change dress or even cook their meals to sustain themselves for studies.
They alleged that as a result of the lockout by management most of them sleep outside and that to them is not good at all after paying their accommodation fees of as much as N6,000.
“Where to keep these properties is the problem. Most of us have paid our accommodation fees yet we were not given a place to stay after coming from a long distance. Some of us are from Adamawa, Taraba Benue, Gombe and many other states outside here.
“The ladies actually ignited the protest because they need to use more water than us. We have been living strangely since we resumed on the 10th of May but most of them were sleeping outside with mosquitoes, with no net to protect them against mosquitoes and you know what that means. All these happened because the management brought in welders and welded the doors to keep us out of the place without any explanation for their actions.
DEPRIVED OF ACCOMMODATION IN SPITE OF THE PAYMENT OF FEES
Most of the students who chorused their plights to metrowatchonline.com decried the situation in which they were deprived of accommodation in spite of the fact that they paid as much as N3,000 per session for their
accommodation yet they had to sleep outside in the open where mosquitoes feast on them.
Students from Bama alleged that they paid as much as N6,000 for the year while those in Kashim Ibrahim paid only N3,000 for the whole year. They are mostly NCE-2 and three students because the government is beginning to phase out the college programme to admit only students of the Borno state University Faculty of Education which is using the college as its faculty of education.
When metrowatchonline.com chatted with some of the students, they said ” Most of us affected from both schools are NCE-1 and 2 and not those of the University students who are very few in their hostel. They have a new building which should contain about 360 students and they are not even up to 10 per cent of that figure in their hostel.
“While in our own room five people are staying in a facility meant for only two people. We are up to 70 in a block and that is not conducive for learning and character building if they want us to become qualitative teachers.”
Chairman of the SUG of the Bama College, Abdulrahaman Abujara, said that the problems of water and accommodation started when management insisted on appointing the student union leaders instead of allowing them to unionise and produce credible leaders who would be calling on management whenever there is friction among students.
“Sadly the police came into the campus which is not right and started shooting indiscriminately against my students”REACTION OF THE POLICE
The SUG president told metrowatchonline.com that “the police were invited to stop the crisis created by the students. When they came, they fired tear gas indiscriminately at the students, some of whom pelted them for firing tear gas on them. At the end of the fracas, six students were down and badly wounded by the policemen from headquarters very close to the school.
“We were striking for our rights and not for any wrong reason so we do not understand why the police will come and rain tear gas and even shoot at us for no just cause.
“We tried to see Hajia Iyagana Kyari, our own Provost but she was nowhere to be found,” said Abdulrahaman.
REQUESTS OF THE STUDENTS
“We want more hostels to be provided to us because the space we have is depriving us of the rights to rest ourselves and even read. We have the right to sleep but we don’t enjoy it.
“They practice indigenes and non-indigenes against us just like apartheid. The Kashim Imam College Students resident in the college are the indigenes while those who came in from Bama are non-indigenes. So you can see what is happening to us just because of the lingering insurgency which has caused many schools to be lumped together in the same compound.
“So we the non-indigenes must wait until the indigenes finish their bathing before we will be allowed to go in and clean up ourselves.
The metrowatchonline.com learnt that Bama students have almost 162 resident students while Kashim Imam College Students are about 222 inside two hostels with two boreholes that are not functional.
The total number of students both residents and non-residents over-stretching the facilities in the school because of insurgency are well above 700.
A student leader representing the ladies in their hostel of Kashim Imam College Students union who spoke to us on anonymity said that management has been quite insensitive to their plights since they resumed school on May 10th. They complained that management does not take them seriously and that is the reason why the students started the rampaging.
“Some of the ladies have all that it takes to cook food in terms of facilities but they just cannot. They are drinking gari and sleeping outside in the open where mosquitoes are dealing with them.
“Inside this tribulation, we still have some lecturers who treat us as if we do not have parents or we just fell from trees down to earth. We need the government to help stop some of these wrongs against us.
“Also most of us are coming here directly from our villages, so if we are driven again, where do they expect us to go? Back to the village when we know our parents do not have the wherewithal to maintain us for the unplanned period?
“We did not damage anything in the school yet the police shot at three of our colleagues. one in the head, the other in the stomach while another sustained leg injuries. They shot the canisters of tear gas directly on our people and we saw these with our eyes. They cannot deny it.
“The police followed the students right into the college, got so many of them and beat them into states of stupor. At the end of the day, six of them were wounded and three were arrested,” she revealed.
When metrowatchonline.com contacted the Provost of the Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Abba kolo, he declined to comment on the matter adding that it is before the police now. The provost of Bama, also resident in the
the same compound due to insurgency was said to have driven off to the ministry of education for consultations with her bosses.
When metrowatchonline.com contacted the police on the rampaging Kashim Imam College Students incident, Command spokesman Superintendent Edet said that “the police only went there to maintain law and order, I am not aware that the police arrested anybody.”