College students in Ogun State have raised the alarm over the kidnapping and killing of scholars in numerous elements of the nation, expressing worry that the ugly pattern would possibly unfold to Ogun State.
The worry of the scholars, DAILY POST learnt, was not unconnected with the latest instances of kidnapping within the state, particularly the kidnapping of two feminine college students of Olabisi Onabanjo College (OOU), Ayetoro campus.
At a press convention on Tuesday, the scholars, beneath the aegis of the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS), stated the present charge of insecurity exhibits that the federal government is poor in offering enough safety for lives and property inside its jurisdiction.
Addressing pressmen, the NANS Chairman in Ogun, Damilola Simeon, maintained that the previous couple of weeks had seen a pointy upsurge in unrest, terrorist assaults, killings and abductions; resulting in drastic safety degeneration in numerous elements of the nation.
“Posterity won’t forgive us if we because the management of NANS in Ogun State fails to focus on the downward spiral of security within the nation, particularly because it impacts the scholars’ constituency.
“To say the least, our constituency have at all times been susceptible, uncovered and unshielded at any time when problems with insecurity come up.
“This has culminated into many college students now residing in worry and apprehension as a result of by no means ending spate of kidnappings with college students constantly being on the receiving finish. It needs to be famous that over 1,157 Nigerian college students have fallen sufferer to abductors within the final seven years,” Simeon said.
He recalled that “it took the intervention of NANS, safety businesses and the Ogun State authorities to safe the discharge of the 2 kidnapped feminine college students taken from Ayetoro.”
NANS stated it was saddened with the killing of 5 of the kidnapped college students of Greenfield College in Kaduna State.
“As if this isn’t sufficient, about three college students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Makurdi had been kidnapped on Saturday night time.
“Simply this morning, it was reported that some college students of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu College (COOU) in Anambra, residing off the Igbariam campus, have fled over the worry of a reprisal assault, following the killing of 9 individuals in Ukpomachi village, Awkuzu, Oyi Native Authorities Space, by unknown assailants on Monday morning.
“Maybe, essentially the most harrowing of all is the silence and seeming impotence of the federal government, each on the State and Federal degree.
“It’s time for presidency in any respect ranges to show themselves as
pal of the plenty and as pal of the College students’ constituency by decisive, strategic and holistic actions,” it was stated.
The Ogun NANS chief talked about that college students of the Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade and people of the Ogun State Institute of Know-how, Igbesa, had change into common victims of armed theft and sexual harassment.
Of their message to Governor Dapo Abiodun, the scholars requested, inside the subsequent seven days that:
“All tertiary establishments in Ogun State be adequately protected and policed.
“The state authorities ought to instantly summon all heads of safety and tertiary establishments to a safety assembly to proffer methods of stopping such occurrences in Ogun State.
“A template of correct safety be agreed upon on the finish of the assembly”
Simeon emphasised that NANS and different college students’ our bodies won’t hesitate to mobilise their members “to make sure that all faculties within the state are shut down till we are able to assure the safety of lives of our college students.
The scholars added that, “We hereby concern a 7-day ultimatum to the Ogun State authorities to do the needful. We will be resolute at doing every little thing attainable to safeguard our college students and our campuses, regardless of the circumstance.”