Following reported arrest of some people suspected to be involved in the October 1 massacre of over 25 students of Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa state by the security agents, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) yesterday carpeted the nation’s security agencies over what it described as lukewarm approach to the matter.
The students’ umbrella body said it was disappointed in the security agencies for their seeming lack of commitment to unravel those behind the killings and bring them to justice.
It restated that it would ensure that Adamawa state government guarantees the safety of lives and property of students before it allows the re-opening of all higher institutions of learning in the state.
NANS said it would not renege on its demand for a full scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the students.
This was as the NANS condemned the extra-judicial killing of four students who were alleged to have stolen some properties at a students’ community in Allu, Rivers state.
The students’ body described the killing as barbaric which ought not to happen in a sane clime where is there is rule of law.
It will be recalled that social media have been awash with the gory video of how four young men were executed by a mob in what has been described as the high point of extra-judicial killing for allegedly stealing phones and computers.
These were contained in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the National President of NANS, Comrade Dauda Mohammed.
The statement reads in part: “The National Association of Nigerian Students NANS wishes to restate our demand for a full scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the students.
We want to express our disappointment at the security agencies over there seeming non commitment into bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Meanwhile, in line with our earlier ultimatum, we are determined to ensure that the Adamawa state government take proper steps that can guarantee the safety of lives and properties in the state before we allow the reopening of the Federal Polytechnic Mubi and review our call for a boycott of academic activities on other institutions in the state.
In same regard, the NANS condemn the extra judicial killing of four students who were alleged to have stolen some properties at a students’ community in Allu, Rivers state. It is barbaric to imagine this happening in a sane clime where the rule of law is being advocated.
We hereby call on the River state government to immediately bring the perpetrators to justice and enjoin the security agencies to ensure that all those involved are arrested and made to face the law”.