Group Condemns Abduction Of Federal University, Gusau, Students

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The Coalition of Northern Groups Students’ Wing (CNG-SW),has strongly condemned the abduction of some students of the Federal University, Gusau in Zamfara State by bandits.
A statement on Sunday issued by Muhammad Bello Aliyu, Northwest Coordinator, Students’ Wing of
Coalition of Northern Groups, described the abduction of the students as “brazen act of violence” while calling on the government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure the safe release of the abducted students.
It has been widely reported that bandits in their large number had invaded three of the school’s hostels last Friday morning and forced their way into the rooms through windows and abducted 24 students of Federal University, Gusau.
The Coalition of Northern Groups Students’ Wing, which is an umbrella body for all Northern Nigeria Students studying in Nigeria and in the Diaspora, said it was disheartening to witness the recurring cycle of violence and insecurity that has continued to plague Nigeria’s educational institutions and threaten the future of the young people.
According to the statement, “Nigeria has once again been thrust into the harsh spotlight of insecurity with the heart-wrenching abduction of students from Federal University, Gusau, by heartless bandits.
“This appalling incident is not only a reminder of the grave security challenges our nation faces but also a call to action for all concerned parties.”
The Coalition expressed concern that the bandit’s attack on the University was a threat to girl-child education, access to University education which would ensure that the Northern Region remains backward in education; thereby increasing the level of illiteracy in the Region.
Aliyu said: “Federal University, Gusau is one of the fastest growing Universities in Nigeria with resourceful tutors and well- equipped facilities with over 12,000 students, majority of whom are from the Northern Region.
“We foresee a hidden agenda to cripple the growth and development of the University.
“The University has contributed immensely to the economy of it host community and State by extension.
“We foresee a hidden agenda to cripple the economy of the community and State by scaring away JAMB applicants, resourceful lecturers and workers which will lead to the folding up of the University.
“The host community only has a Police Out-post and a NSCDC Out-post with less than 10 personnel in each.
“The University, which is not adequately fenced has given room for free invasion to and fro. The University security outfits are not fully equipped with sophisticated fire arms to resist attacks.”
 The Coalition of Northern Groups Students’ Wing, therefore, called on the government to mobilise all necessary resources and collaborate with relevant security agencies to rescue the abducted students without further delay.
“Time is of the essence, and every effort must be made to ensure their prompt and safe return.
“The trauma and anguish endured by the affected students, their families, and the entire education community cannot be overstated.
“We stand in solidarity with them and vow to do everything within our power to support their cause.
“We urge the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to lend their voice to this cause and actively engage with the government to ensure that our educational institutions are safe for both students and staff.
“The safety of our students should be a top priority for all stakeholders in the education sector.
“We also call on states government to collaborate with the Federal Government in devising strategies to safeguard our schools.
“We also demand the establishment of a Mini Military Barrack, that will provide adequate security cover, 24/7 surveillance, for Federal University, Gusau and it host community.
“We also demand deployment adequate and well-equipped troops to the Barrack. Similarly, we request for the upgrade of the Police and NSCDC Out-post to a Divisional Station with adequate personnel and sophisticated weapons to foil attacks and prevent subsequent invasion.
“The construction of perimeter fence to protect the University from free invasion and attacks.
“Training and provision of adequate equipment for University which will help them to be able to resist attacks,” the statement explained.

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