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The students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) on Monday, stormed the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists,Ogun to protest the release of their abducted colleague.
PLATFORM TIMES recalled that a 400 level student of the school, Nathaniel Olayinka was abducted by unknown gunmen on Saturday on a private farm where he works.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the abducted student is yet to be release after the kidnappers demanded the sum of 50 million Naira ransom.
The students in their large numbers demanded that the abducted student must be release within 72hours.
The peaceful protesting students in uproar, chanted solidarity songs and carried placards with various inscriptions demanding the release of the abducted student.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards includes;”free FUNAABite; insecurity everywhere, government do something!!!;how much be my school fee, 50 million ransom bawo!;freedom is free, why pay for it, etc”.
The school Students’ Union President, Comrade Oloyede Abiodun Micheal who spoke with newsmen at NUJ secretariat during the peaceful protest said the Federal and State government seems not to take the status quo of the security serious.
Comr. Abiodun said, “We have come here this afternoon to express our grievances and deep displeasure of the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards the security sector of our state, and by extension Nigeria as a whole”.
He further said the state of the security demands the use of equipment which will enable the Force to carry out their duties effectively.
He added, “We have come here not because of anything, but because of one of our student been kidnapped day before yesterday in a bid for him to make his ends means, and unfortunately for him, he was kidnapped.
“And that is the reason why we have come out in our thousands to express our dismay so that government can know that it is imperative and sacrosanct to provide the necessary equipment and facilities in place to ensure the lives and properties of our members and citizens is well secured and well guaranteed.
However regarding the abducted student, the peaceful protesting students demanded that the student be release within the stipulated time, or the state will be shutdown with protests.
They gave the state governor, Governor Dapo Abiodun 72 hours’ ultimatum.
“Our demand is not too much, very clear and explicit.
“First, our demand is, our student, Nathaniel that was kidnapped must be release unharmed between now and Wednesday 26th.
“Second of our demand is to make sure the Federal and the state government provide adequate facilities to equip the security sector of our state and Nigeria as a whole.
“After the 72hours ultimatum which starts from now, if our student is not release, we won’t hesitate to take the state and we won’t hesitate in our capacity and thousands, to march to the state Secretariat to further agitate for the release of our student and the need for the government to do the needful”, the SUG president concluded.
Meanwhile, the Joint Campus Committee, National Association of Nigeria Students(NANS),Ogun Chapter led by Comrade Kehinde Damilola, during the protest, called on the federal and state government to digitalize the security sector.
Comr. Damilola reiterated that the world is moving into the digitalize world, and wonder while Nigeria choose to remain ‘old-school’.
He said, “the way security is going in the world now,everybody are going digital.
“But it is pity that here in our part of the world, Nigeria, we have chosen to remain archaic and we have being making use of the man-powers that is not even enough at all
“If you have provided the needed technology to end insecurity in Nigeria, the Nigeria Police Force don’t have to make use of much man-power.
“They can be somewhere in there offices monitoring just every events that is unfolding in the state.
“They don’t have to go combing the bush thereby exposing officers to harms”.
Furthermore, the NANS Chairman reiterated that security apparatus should not be done manually anymore, stressing that what the country need now is technology.