The umbrella body for Christians in the country, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the recent killing of about 22 people in Plateau State.
Following the recent killings in Rukuba, near Jos in Plateau State, the Niger State government has said citizens of the state at the University of Jos have been evacuated back home.
A statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Mr Noel Berje, said this was sequel to the breach of peace in some parts of Plateau State which resulted in loss of lives and destruction of property.
The state government, in the statement, said the action became necessary as the security situation had compelled the university management to suspend the second semester examinations for the 2019/2020 academic session.
“Worried about the wellbeing of her citizens and for them not to be left stranded as well as become victims of circumstances, the state government through the commissioners for local government and chieftaincy affairs as well as tertiary education, science and technology, made arrangements for vehicles and security personnel to ensure safe evacuation and return of the students,” the statement said.
The chief press secretary said the state government had unwavering commitment to the safety of its citizens irrespective of their geopolitical locations.
Similarly, an indigenous organisation under the auspices of Abuja Original Youths Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO), in collaboration with National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has evacuated over 270 students who are natives and residents of Abuja from the state.
The president of AOIYEO, Commandant Isaac David, who responded swiftly to calls from natives and residents of Abuja schooling in Jos, said that the evacuation of the students was necessary in order to prevent the death of indigenes and residents of Abuja in Jos.
David revealed that all the buses sent to convey the students from their various schools safely brought them back to Abuja, adding that another round of evacuation will be made on Saturday to ensure that all natives and residents of Abuja are brought back home, pending the period of the security crisis in Jos is brought under control.
“As FCT indigenous people, we have not been given due recognition by government, so we have to do our civic responsibility as an indigenous organisation. With the little resources at our disposal, we achieved major results,” he said.
According to him, the previous governments had made people believe that the FCT was just the city centre, forgetting that there are over 868 villages in remote areas of the federal capital.
“The people in the outskirts are left behind and nobody cares about them, but with this kind of incident, many people should understand that indigenous students studying in Jos are from various local communities that make up the entire FCT,” he said.
David described the present crisis in Jos as similar to a war situation, where innocent lives are taken without thinking twice, saying that was why the group decided to move into action and ensure a swift evacuation of the stranded students.
“Our citizens studying in Plateau State were stranded in the area as a result of the curfew imposed on some local government by the state government as a measure to curtail the security situation and the crisis in the state.
“We closely monitored the situation and we contacted the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS); we went into partnership with them to ensure the safe evacuation of our citizens and it became achievable,” he said.
Stranded Gombe State Students Studying in Unijos Evacuated Back Home
Also, stranded Gombe State students studying in the University of Jos, Plateau state have been successfully evacuated back home by the state government.
Ismaila Uba Misilli, director-general, Press Affairs, Government House, in a statement, said the students returned in four buses with heavy security escorts provided by the Gombe State Government today.
He said this was sequel to the directive of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya mandating that everything necessary must be done to return students of Gombe State safely back home.
“In compliance with the Governor’s directive, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi instructed the Hon. Commissioner for Higher Education, Meshack Audu Locu to immediately facilitate and monitor the safe return of the students.
“The Commissioner led other government officials to receive the returning students with the assurances of Governor Yahaya’s resolve to safeguard all citizens of Gombe State wherever they are”, he stated.
He said the commissioner praised the students for their orderly conduct and patience during the unfortunate incident in Jos.
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