Soldiers attached to a special unit of the Nigerian Army have allegedly killed at least five secondary school students.
The students, reports say, were students of Holy Ghost Secondary School, Pave Chanchji, in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Matthew, a teacher in the school, reportedly got married to one of his students named Ngufa Kavga without her father’s consent.
According to a report by Sahara Reporters, Ngufa’s father reported the matter to the police, who then arrested Matthew alongside some civil defence operatives.
A resident of the community said that some students of the school mobilised themselves and protested the arrest of their teacher.
The students were said to have called for the release of Matthew so that both families involved could settle the matter amicably.
“Some of the students protested against the arrest of their teacher and demanded that he should be released,” a source was quoted to have said.
“But the special force stationed at the village, on seeing the protesting students, immediately invited their colleagues stationed at Kofai Amadu and the combined team of special forces opened fire on the protesting students, killing some.
“Some of them also ran into a nearby river and drowned in the process.
“Over five corpses have been discovered while many are still missing.”
The military was yet to comment on the allegation as of the time of posting this report.