By Victor Ahiuma-Young
RIGHTS activists under the aegis ofÂ Education Rights Campaign (ERC), has condemned Police arrest, detention and brutalisation of pupils of some secondary schools in Kogi State who were protesting alleged state governmentâ€™s insensitivity to the welfare of teachers in the state which has made the teachers to embark on series of strikes thereby disrupting academic activities.
ERC, in a statement, said that according to available reports ofÂ the sad event which took place last week,Â Police opened fire without provocation on thousands of pupils from Bishop Crowder Memorial Secondary School, Government Science Secondary School, Bishop Delis Secondary School, Moslem Community Secon-dary School and Government Day Secondary School at the gate of the Kogi State Government secretariat where they had gone to peacefully express their grievances to the governor.
A statement signed by Messrs Hassan Taiwo Soweto and Chinedu Bosah, ERCâ€™s National Co-ordinator and National Secretary, respectively, said, â€œFrom available reports, Police opened fire without provoca-tion on thousands of pupils from Bishop Crowder Memorial Secondary School, Government Science Secondary School, Bishop Delis Secondary School, Moslem Community Secondary School and Government Day Secondary School at the gate of the Kogi State government secretariat where they had gone to peacefully air their grievan-ces to the governor.
â€œThe pupils conducted themselves peacefully despi-te initial police harassment with tear gas in order to undermine the protest and organised themselves for the march to the governorâ€™s office where they felt their grievances would be resolved. Instead they were welcomed with a hail of bullets which left one of them dead,â€ the statement said.