At least 16 students were injured and an unknown number of people killed over the weekend in Nigeria’s Plateau State in circumstances that have once again called into question the role of the security forces. The casualties include a six-year-old child, who died when a soldier deliberately opened fire on civilians.
The weekend of violence began on the evening of Friday 28 January, when members of a Muslim funeral procession drove through Jos University’s Student Village near Farin Gada, taunted occupants, and stabbed a male and female student in the presence of soldiers stationed nearby.
When angry students demanded to know why the soldiers had failed to prevent the stabbings, one of the soldiers drew a line on the ground, threatening to shoot any student who crossed it. As Professor Rodgak Gofwen, Dean of Students Affairs, arrived at the scene to calm the students, a soldier o
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