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NANS Threatens to Shut Down Nigeria over Kidnap of Students

By Jude Atupulazi

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, are threatening to cause civil disorder in the country should the spate of kidnapping of students nationwide continue. Addressing a press conference, Tuesday, at Godwin Ezeemo International Press Centre, Awka, the President of Senate, NANS, Comrade Chuks Okafor, who led a delegation of his executive members to the NUJ Secretariat, decried the spate of kidnappings and cult attacks targeted against students on their various campuses and the failure of the Federal Government to stem the tide.

Specifically referring to the attacks that took place at Greenfield University, Kaduna, National College of Forestry, Kaduna and the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, among others, NANS called on the Federal Government, political parties and other stakeholders to rally round and solve the insecurity on campuses.

It will be recalled that recently, 40 students were kidnapped from Greenfield University, Kaduna, with five killed; while 29 students were kidnapped from the National College of Forestry, Kaduna.

But addressing newsmen last Tuesday, NANS warned that if those attacks continued, they would shut down the national assembly, airports, federal roads, and other institutions, if their demand was not met, even though they gave no date.

NANS which said they were currently in the stage of consultation,

warned government to act or risk another EndSARS protest.

‘In the East the ravaging issues of incessant killings of young students by suspected rival cult groups and herders conflict have also taken a new dimension, with growing threats to the peaceful and conducive learning environment we have enjoyed over the years.

‘Few weeks ago, the Anambra State capital, Awka, witnessed what could be simply referred to as battle ground by suspected rival cult groups which claimed the lives of many leaders of tomorrow….’

The students regretted that these attacks were coming when the country was nearing another election year, with one billed to take place in Anambra this year.

‘The Nigerian students are worried that over the fact that most electoral polling units are located within campuses and we are further concerned over the safety of our students and success of the elections in these polling units within our campuses,’ the student body stated through Okafor.

It called on the Federal Government to take immediate and proactive actions towards checking the developments in order to restore the confidence of the students on campuses.

NANS warned that failure to do that would cause the students to take dire actions.