Students of Bayero University Kano students took to the streets yesterday in Kano to protest the death of a female final year accounting student crushed to death by a truck at the gate of the old campus of the institution.
The student, identified as Maryam Bala, was said to be on the pedestrian lane of the strategic highway when the truck overran her and killed her instantly while several others escaped unhurt.
An eyewitness said the deceased was on the way to the old campus when the “reckless driver behind the wheel of the truck lost control”.
According to him, the truck driver and his assistant fled the scene when the angry students descended on them leading to minor damage on the automobile.
The protesting students barricaded the strategic highway that links the city with Gwarzo road, and the neighboring communities, triggering pandemonium among nervous city dwellers while the route witnessed disruption of vehicular movement.
The students, chanting solidarity songs, slammed the authorities of the institution and government over what they described as being insensitive to ceaseless killings of students by hit and run drivers within the campus area.
Chanting, “We no go gree, we no go gree”, the protesting students lamented incessant killings of BUK students, due to reckless driving, especially on the part of motorists, stressing that “something must be done to check the ugly trend”.
The president of the Students Union Government of the institution, Comrade Usman Shuiabu Rano, said the killing of the student, Maryam Bala of the Department of Public Administration“is one death too many on the same spot”.
BUK spokesman, Mustapha Zaharadeen, said the university authorities had intervened and appealed to the students to calm down, assuring that it would take up the matter with the appropriate authorities.