Students of Kogi State Polytechnic have gone on a rampage on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, burning down a Dangote truck after a commercial cyclist stabbed a student of the institution to death in Lokoja.
According to a blog, Vivian Gist, the female student (pictured) entered into an argument with a commercial cyclist over a N10 difference in fare. The cyclist brought out a knife and stabbed the student leading to her death.
The news of her murder spread to the campus leading to the students staging demonstrations which turned violent. The students blocked the busy Felele Highway and began to fight commercial motorcyclist in Lokoja.
According to an eyewitness, Dangote’s trucks were targeted by the students because the alleged murder is a “Hausa” and Dangote’s “kin”.
The eyewitness report says (edited):
“A student of kogi polytechnic was killed by Okada man in lokoja kogi state on 15 march 2016 just because of 10 naira difference when the lady was ask to pay 50 naira that she said she can only pay 40 naira. Because of that, the Okada man stabbed the lady with a knife and that lead to her death.
“The students took action after the death of the lady by blocking the road to fight with other hausa people in lokoja since the Okada man is hausa by tribe, the students even burnt Dangote trucks with Cements at the the poly gate. All the student has been ask to go home until further notice.”