Following the tragic murder of three of the abducted students of the Greenfield University in Kaduna on Friday, the National Association of Nigerian Students has said it will embark on mass protests to demand the release of the remaining students in captivity.
The students body specifically said it would convey an emergency action meeting in Kaduna State during the week and mobilise students around the North-West to protest the incessant kidnapping of students and attacks on schools by bandits.
“This is not acceptable,” NANS National President, Sunday Asefon, said on Saturday while condemning the students’ murder.
Asefon said the continued attacks on schools and the kidnapping of students were a declaration of war on formal education.
NANS disclosed its plan to Sunday PUNCH just as the Northern States Governors’ Forum is calling for an unconditional and immediate release of the remaining abducted Greenfield University students.
The Chairman of the NSGF and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, made the call on Saturday in a statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Macham Makut.
The NSGF expressed sadness over the students’ murder, describing it as “barbaric, shocking and condemnable.”
Bandits had on Tuesday night reportedly kidnapped 23 students of the Greenfield University, killing a staff member during a shooting spree.
The university, which is privately owned, is located along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway in Kasarami, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The bandits later made contact with the parents and demanded a ransom of N800m for the students’ release.
But, on Friday, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, in a statement broke the sad news that three of the students had been killed by the bandits.
The corpses of the slain students – two females and a male – were reportedly dumped close to the university.
The identifies of the students were later revealed as Sadiq Sanga, Precious Nwakacha, and Dorothy Yohanna.
The development has sparked nationwide outrage and mourning, while the parents of the abducted students have been left devastated.