Protesting 100L Student Meets His Death After Falling Off Vehicle in Plateau

“Our pain and regret are that the Monday protest has robbed us of a precious soul and forced us into mourning.”
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Plateau State University

Israel Emmanuel, a 100-level student at Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos, died on Monday after falling off a vehicle during a protest against insecurity.

According to NAN, the institution's vice-chancellor, Yohana Izam, announced the news on Wednesday.

Emmanuel, a class representative in the university's mathematics department, died the night of the incident from head injuries suffered when he fell off the vehicle.

Given the circumstances surrounding the student's death, Izam described the development as shocking and a significant loss to the institution.

“To us as an institution, Emmanuel’s death is shocking and a great loss to us considering the cause of his death. We have been cautioning the students against demonstration and protests, which are not jamborees, yet they keep doing it,” he said.

“Our pain and regret are that the Monday protest has robbed us of a precious soul and forced us into mourning.”

Emmanuel's eventual death, despite initial attempts to save him, was lamented by Luepai Ezekiel, the varsity's SUG president.

“Emmanuel fell off from one of the vehicles during our protest against the insecurity in the institution and landed with his head on the tarred road,” he said.

“We rushed him to the Bokkos Cottage Hospital but unfortunately he couldn’t make it as he died later in the evening of Monday.”

The news comes just hours after gunmen broke into the school and tried to abduct four students before being rescued by security personnel.