The University of Abuja chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the Federal Government and security services to rescue and free all university staff members who have been kidnapped.
The armed men, who have yet to be recognized, stormed the institution’s staff quarters on Tuesday morning and abducted the victims, according to reporters.
Dr Kasim Umar, the branch’s chairperson, made the announcement on Thursday during a news conference in Gwagwalada, in response to the recent kidnapping of its members from the university’s staff quarters.
Umar, who voiced worry over the current scenario, stated that unless drastic and immediate actions are taken, the situation will worsen.
We demand immediate rescue and release of all our kidnapped members, children and other staff, who are currently being held by the criminals; government should act swiftly to ensure this is done.
“Perimeter fencing around the Staff Quarters should be immediately embarked upon because there is a need for effective control of movement around the university’s quarters.
“There should be active cooperation between the military, other security agencies and the university administration.
“To make this effective, ASUU demands the establishment of a rapid response unit in the form of a joint task force or police mobile unit or military special force, which could be called upon, in case of any emergency.
“We call for the immediate ejection of all illegal occupants and trespassers from the university land.
“There is need to embark on the immediate construction of residential quarters that befit the status of a university in the Federal Capital Territory,” NAN quoted him as saying.
Umar revealed that the entire staff quarters was in bad shape and the road infrastructure completely deteriorated, adding that parts of the perimeter fence had also collapsed making security around the quarters almost non-existent.
He stressed that the students’ hostels are highly insecure and the entire campus, vulnerable to all manners of attacks.
“Unauthorised individuals have occupied some parts of the university land thereby increasing the state of insecurity on the campus.’’
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