A protest by students of Benue State University has taken a more violent turn this evening following the shooting of a student in the chest by policemen.
At the time of this report, the students were pulling down most of the solar energy street lights on the road along the school campus all the way to Gyado villa and are reported to have also set the headquarters of the Board of Internal Revenue Service on fire.
The Registrar of the University, Dr. Timothy Utile has announced the closure of the institution and directed the students to vacate the campus immediately pending the ratification of the new academic calendar by the senate of the University.
The student had taken to the streets after a truck allegedly knocked down and killed a four hundred level student in the Department of Economics earlier in the day.
Our correspondent who visited the scene of the accident report that the student was crossing the road at the second campus when a truck coming from Gboko knocked her over and she died on the spot.
When the news of the accident spread to the campus, students in their numbers stormed the Gboko – Makurdi road, halting commercial activities and barricading the highway. Men of the police anti-riot squad were quickly dispatched to the scene and they tried to disperse the students with tear gas.