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Committee of Pro-Chancellors condemns kidnapping in tertiary institutions

The Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities (CPCNFU) along with the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State Universities (COPSUN) and the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) have called for severe measures to ensure the protection of tertiary institutions across the country.

A statement jointly signed by the chairmen of the committees, Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs, Professor Yusuf Ali, and Professor Samuel Edoumiekumo appreciated the Federal Government and all Security Agencies for their prompt tactical response in ensuring the release of the kidnapped victims of the University of Abuja from the unfortunate incident of last Tuesday 2 November 2021.

The committees note with serious concern that similar incidents had occurred in the past at the University of Maiduguri, Greenfield University, Kaduna, Joseph S. Tarka University of Agriculture, Makurdi, and numerous secondary and primary schools across the country.

It says, Sadly, a number of staff and students have lost their lives while the traumatic experiences of some others in the kidnappers’ den could only be best Imagined.

It explains that education institutions have become soft and prima targets for the nefarious activities of these bandits.

They called for the deployment of a special squad for university Campuses to work hand in hand with campus security personnel.

They also advocated jointly manned roadblocks on inter-city highways adjacent to institutions of higher learning and Provide institutions with funds to construct perimeter fencing in order to address the porous nature of security.

The academics urged both the federal and state Government to provide institutions with adequate funds to procure necessary security gadgets that will improve the security architecture of the campuses.

Daniel Adejo