Some Nigerian Army officers harassed and fired at students protesting the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike action in Akure on Tuesday.
The students had taken over the Akure-Ilesa route in protest of the ASUU strike when military stormed the area and began firing indiscriminately.
ASUU, their lecturers’ union, has been on strike since February 14.
According to a footage obtained by SaharaReporters on Wednesday morning, the military also vandalized the protesting students’ equipment.
“The Nigerian Army arrived and began firing. See everything we have. “See what the Nigerian Army did to us,” one of the disgruntled students said in the video.
“The Nigerian Army should defend us; look at our equipment.” We were here in peace. We are battling for our civil rights.
The Nigerian Army has not yet responded to the event.
Students from all around the country took to the streets to oppose the continuing ASUU strike action.
In order to force the Nigerian government and academics to reach an agreement, students staged rallies in several states to express their unhappiness with the ongoing strike.
ASUU called a warning strike on February 14, which was extended a month later to allow the government to satisfy all of its demands. On May 9, a 12-week extension was announced.
Academics want better working conditions, the revitalization of public universities, and academic autonomy, among other things.
One point of complaint for academics is the non-payment of N1.1 trillion in university revitalisation monies.
However, the Nigerian government has stated that it does not have the funds to pay such a sum, blaming low oil prices during the administration of Muhammadu Buhari.
Students from the University of Ibadan, the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and their counterparts from the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago Iwoye, the Tai Solarin University of Education in Abeokuta, and the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta took to the streets on Monday to demand an end to the strike.
On Monday, several students in Oyo caused a traffic jam on the University of Ibadan-Sango Road. According to them, the obstruction would make others bear the brunt of their miseries, forcing the government and the union to work out their disagreements.