The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics ( ASUP) Sunday demanded an urgent and unconditional release of her members as well as students of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic Zaria who were abducted by an unknown gunmen.
National President of ASUP Comrade Anderson Ezeibe in a statement further reinstate the union called for improve security of the institution to avert similar experience in future.
Bandits on 10th June 2021 attacked the Polytechnic abducted 2 academic staff, 8 students while a student was killed during the incident.
Comrade Ezeibe lamented that in space of one year , the Polytechnic has been attacked three times, adding that despite several appeal to the Kaduna State Government for intervention but did not yield positive result.
We have received reports of yet another attack on the campus of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Kaduna by bandits in the late hours of 10th of June, 2021.
“This is the third time within a space of one year that the Polytechnic owned by the Kaduna State Government and located along the Kaduna Zaria Express way is being attacked by criminal elements leaving the Polytechnic community in tears and sorrow with each attack.
“In the current attack, two academic staff and eight students were abducted while one student was killed in the attack.
“Our Union had raised concerns over the porous nature of security of this institution after the previous attacks and specifically on the need to properly secure the institution as its location renders it vulnerable to such attacks.
“These appeals were not heeded by the Kaduna State Government thereby making staff and students of the Polytechnic available for the pleasure of criminal elements.
“We therefore demand the unconditional release of the poor abducted staff and students who have ultimately become victims of the worsening socio-economic crises in the nation particularly as it affects security of lives and property, while tasking the security agencies in the state to live up to their responsibilities in this regard.
“We equally task the Kaduna State government to ensure the provision of adequate security for the institution in the form of a perimeter fence and adequate security personnel to forestall future criminal activities in the institution as no form of productive academic activity can be carried out in such an atmosphere of fear which has been pervading the institution for sometime now.
“Same responsibility also goes to proprietors of institutions of learning in the country (public and private) to provide adequate security for staff and students in the wake of this new found appetite of criminal elements to attack such educational institutions.”