The Academic Staff Union of Universities has advised the Federal Government to secure the University of Jos against killing of its staff and students before the reopening of the school.
The union said this in a statement on Sunday following a security breach in Jos and other parts of Plateau State, leading to the killing of some students, a development which forced the university’ management to shut the institution.
The statement, which was signed by the UNIJOS ASUU chairman, Dr Lazarus Maigoro, said, “The responsibility to secure lives and property squarely rests on the shoulders of the government. This is very closely related to justice and we call on government to ensure justice is done to all communities that have been affected. Failure to do so, will only lead us to a greater and vicious cycle of violence through reprisal attacks.
“We are also calling on government to provide a very strong security presence around the University of Jos community and the routes to the university because when the same thing happened in 2018, when we lost a staff member and two students, our union raised concerns and we were told that adequate security measures would be put in place; but ALAS, here we are again, with more lives lost.”
Ogun evacuates stranded UNIJOS students
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Government says it had evacuated stranded indigenes who are students of the University of Jos, following the killings in Plateau State.
The Special Assistant to Ogun State Governor on Students’ Affairs, Azeez Adeyemi, on Sunday said Governor Dapo Abiodun had ordered evacuation of students who are indigenes of Ogun State
Adeyemi said, “We have provided five buses and security escorts to bring our children back home safely.
“No indigene of this State will be allowed to suffer or be abandoned irrespective of their political or religious affiliation.”