Police look into alleged harassment of nursing students by officers

An inquiry into the alleged intimidation and harassment of students at the state capital, Lafia’s College of Nursing and Midwifery Science has been opened by the Nasarawa State Police Command.

This came after the students protested on Monday against the Nigerian Police officers harassing two of their colleagues.

A protester claims that on Saturday, March 9, at around 10:00 p.m., two students, Joseph Musa and Joy Ishaya, were harassed and abused by police officers at a checkpoint while they were leaving the school after night reading.

“There has been a series of harassment on the students, such as stopping us from taking motorcycle taxis to school, physical assaults on males students and use of unprintable comments on female students, thereby making life unbearable for us, especially when accessing our routes to the school environment,” the protester stated.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ramhan Nansel, stated that the accused officer had been identified and would face sanctioned if found guilty.

Nansel stated that the Commissioner of Police has scheduled a meeting with the students and school management to address the issue further.

“The Command received their complaint yesterday, and the Commissioner of Police held a meeting with the students and school management on separate occasions. He rescheduled another meeting with both parties on Thursday this week.

“The allegation is being investigated and the CP assures the students that justice will be served.

“The officer that the students accused was identified and an investigation has commenced. He will face sanctions if found wanting,” he added.

The PPRO assured the students that justice would be served, stating that the Command takes such allegations seriously and is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents, including students.