The son of Nasarawa State governor, Umar Al-Makura, Mr. Khaleel Umar Al-Makura, has been arrested over the killing of a student, Ovye Amos, of Government Secondary School, Lafia.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Amos was reported to have been hit by Khaleel’s car on Sunday night.
students took to the streets on Monday carrying placards with various
inscriptions demanding justice for the dead Amos, a Junior Secondary
School two student.
The police, officers of the Nigeria Security
Civil Defence Corps, teachers and government officials intervened to
calm the students.
Addressing the students at the school’s parade
ground, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, Aliyu Tijjani,
said that government had taken measures to ensure that Khaleel was
brought to book.
“He has already been arrested. I want to express
my profound dismay and sadness over what happened here yesterday. It is
unfortunate, very unfortunate,’’ Tijjani reportedly said.
school’s Head Boy, Goodluck Agwu, had explained that Amos was hit by the
car driven by Khaleed when he went out to buy batteries for his
flashlight at 8:00pm.
The students, who were not satisfied with
the explanation of the commissioner, continued their protest, but the
police were deployed to calm them.
The police explained that they were investigating the case.
The area commander of Lafia Area Office, Mr. Maikudi Shehu, assured the students that they would be briefed on the development.
is a painful thing. We sympathise and empathise with you and we assure
you that investigation is ongoing and that the culprit, as we are
speaking now, is in detention and in our custody”
“We will keep you informed of developments as they unfold,” he said.