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Nasarawa students demand an end to the abduction and banditry targeting schools



Nasarawa State University Keffi

Institutions attended by students from Nasarawa State have condemned the persistent abduction of their peers for ransom and urged both the federal and state governments to swiftly devise a lasting solution.

There have been several incidents of attacks on students at Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, and Federal University of Lafia by kidnappers and bandits.

In Lafia, the newly-elected President of the Nasarawa State Students Association, Yunusa Baduku, voiced the students’ disapproval during the declaration of his victory at the 2023/2024 national convention of NASSA.

Baduku emphasized that if not addressed promptly, the situation could dissuade some students in the state from pursuing their studies due to fear of abduction by bandits.

“The security challenges on our campuses are unnecessary. Lately, there have been incidents of kidnapping in our various campuses.

“As the newly elected president of NASSA, I will collaborate with the students and security agencies to address the security issues in tertiary institutions across the state.

“I assure my fellow students that I will exert every effort to fulfill their expectations. I thank them for the trust placed in me to lead the association and I pledge not to let them down,” Baduku stated.

While acknowledging the State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, for consistently prioritizing the welfare of students through bursary payments and scholarships, Baduku appealed for further efforts to work with security agencies and combat insecurity in the state.

Earlier, Habila Kutsa, the Election Committee Chairman, announced that Yunusa Baduku of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, secured 78 votes, defeating his nearest rival, Marwan Mohammed Iliya from Kaduna State University, who garnered 35 votes, and Hussein Abubakar Eya from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, with 27 votes.

“The election for the NASSA presidency has concluded. The total accredited voters were 146, with six invalid votes during the poll.

“By the authority vested in me as the ELCOM chairman, I hereby declare Yunusa Baduku of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, as the winner who has satisfied the legal requirements, and hence elected,” he declared.

It was reported that the convention was held at Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, after alleged denial of access to the State Ministry of Education, Lafia, as the initial venue by security officers.