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Palliatives: How impatience killed 2 Nasarawa varsity students

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Two students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi were on Friday killed during the distribution of palliatives while 23 were hospitalised.

The school had received palliatives from the state government to distribute to the students to cushion the effect of the economic hardship.

NewsBand gathered that the palliatives were billed for distribution on Friday at the convocation arena of the school before some students overpowered the security on the ground, causing a stampede that resulted in the death and injuries of the students while they carted away the food items.

Meanwhile, the Nasarawa State governor Abdullahi Sule has commiserated with families and the management of the University over the death of students.

Sule, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Ibrahim Addra said the news of the stampede came as a shock to the governor a few hours to the flag off of the distribution exercise.

“The sad incident occurred when suspected hoodlums and some misguided students forced their way into the school’s convocation ground to cart away the rice kept at the venue meant for distribution as palliatives to students,” the statement explained.

It added that the governor plans to distribute rice and N5,000 cash to students in all tertiary institutions in the state to cushion the economic hardship.

The governor’s spokesman noted that the distribution had been successful and peaceful in all other tertiary institutions in the state and wondered why it was different at the state university.

“Similar exercise was carried out at the Federal University of Lafia, Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic Lafia, College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia, School of Nursing Lafia as well as the College of Education Akwanga.

“It was also done peacefully at the Federal Polytechnic Nassarawa and the College of Health Technology Keffi.

“It’s unfortunate that the lives of the young students were cut short in a needless stampede motivated by crime,” he said

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