- The Senate on Tuesday, January 29, took a major step at ensuring the security of Nigerian students of Plateau origin
- By the directive of the Senate, Plateau students in UNIMAID will be absorbed by the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Alhaji Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and the University of Jos (UNIJOS)
- This is coming after Plateau students in UNIMAID were attacked by Boko Haram insurgents
For the sake of safety and security, students of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) will be absorbed as belonging to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Alhaji Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and the University of Jos (UNIJOS).
The directive was issued by the Senate on Wednesday, January 29, following a motion spearheaded by Senator Istifanus Gyang.
Gyang said that this is the best move for the protection of the students of UNIMAID some of whom have already been killed and murdered by Boko Haram insurgents.
Specifically, the senator pointed out that while six students of the institution i Borno have been killed by the terrorists, two have been kidnapped with one still in captivity.
In its resolutions, the Senate condemned the attack on Nigerians especially those of Plateau origin who seem to be targets for the insurgents in recent times.
Moreover, the upper chamber called on the federal government to take more decisive and major steps towards tackling the violent crimes against citizens of the country.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that some angry Plateau youths had attacked Fulani settlements in the state, setting ablaze 23 houses and a mosque.
The attack is seen as a reprisal following the recent killing of 13 indigenes by suspected armed herdsmen in Kwatas village of Bokkos local government area of Plateau state.
The state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, and a sister Fulani organisation, GAN Allah Association, confirmed the attack to journalists on Tuesday, January 28.
“We urge the security agencies to always do its homework before any declaration,” MACBAN caretaker chairman, Isa Bappa, said.
“It is equally regrettable for some youth in Kwatas to launch an attack on Fulani communities as a reprisal.
Both incidents are barbaric and condemnable. We call on the security agencies in the state to as a matter of urgency ensure the arrest of the perpetrators all the attacks,” he added.
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