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Friday, August 25, 2017

THE STORY BEHIND THE STATUE IN FRONT OF AAU STUDENT UNIONS GOVERNMENT (SUG) SECRETARIAT

*THE STORY BEHIND THE STATUE IN FRONT OF THE STUDENT UNIONS GOVERNMENT (SUG) SECRETARIAT*
BY THOMPSON JOTHAM

*While I was walking down the road to student village my eye stubbled on an incription which says _in memory of the student that was killed by the agents of the State Aug 1994*
I pondered and wondered​ and I told myself I must find out and tell the young generations
Am also sure that some past and present leaders didn't care to know
*On the 20th of August 1994, a team of detectives from the Federal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau (FIIB) were arresting students.*
*This team was led by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Bappa Jamare. The violent crackdown on pro-democracy agitation promised by the late maximum ruler had begun. DIG Jamare's incursion into the University of Benin with his killer squad was in response to peaceful protest led by much disciplined university students challenging the usurpation of constitutional powers by Abacha.*
*This peaceful demonstration was later hijacked by paid agents, who visited mayhem on innocent people, which led to loss of lives and property*
*After hours of fire fight, Aikhomu's country home in Irrua was gutted; Anenih's Nova hotel in Benin, as well as the famous Palm Royal Hotel opposite the university went up in flames*
*This was the pretext that Abacha needed to send his armed men into UNIBEN, and the sleepy town of EKPOMA which hosts the first state university in Nigeria, the Ambrose Alli University.*
*At Ekpoma, countless Nigerian students were killed in cold blood, while those who escaped with injuries lived again to tell their stories*
*At Uniben, lots of female students were violently raped by armed mobile policemen who went for the kill.*
*It was to be a black day in UNIBEN also.* A day that continue to hunt them *where mobile policemen mowing down their girls in Hall 1, and subjecting them to rape and violation of their womanhoods*
So many things happened

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