Student with a placard during the protest along Gusau-Funtua road. Photo:Sani Dutsinma/Radio Nigeria
Students of the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State on Saturday blocked Gusau-Funtua road to protest the abduction of their students.
The Spokesman of the students Musa Shehu told Radio Nigeria in Gusau that, many students were kidnapped in the past and alleged that no action was taken to rescue them either by the management of the institution or the police.
Five students of the institution were abducted by bandits on Friday night, a situation which has angered the students to block the road as a result of which several motorists were left stranded for several hours.
Efforts by security agents to disperse the crowd proved abortive as many of them sat on the main road, calling on the school management and security agencies to take urgent action on the security situation in the institution.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Muazu Abubakar who was at the scene of the incident appealed to the students to allow free flow of traffic.
He assured them that efforts would be taken by the institution to ensure adequate security in the institution, but the students insisted that they would not go anywhere.
In another development, some trailer truck drivers also blocked the Gusau- Sokoto road along Gada Biyu in a protest against the attitudes of the security agencies who mounted a road block on the roads.
They alleged that the security personnel were extorting money from them and causing necessary traffic on the roads.
Vehicles were seen packed on the road, incapacitated and stranded, while efforts to reach Zamfara Police Command’s Public relations officer ASP Yazeed Abubakar to comment on the issues proof abortive.
Reporting by Sani Dutsinma; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu