Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Abuja University lecturers condemn use of soldiers to eject students

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Protesters at University of Abuja. [Photo: bellanaija.com]

Soldiers whipped UniAbuja students away from the school

Lecturers at the University of Abuja have condemned the use of armed soldiers by the school authority to eject students from their hostels

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Abuja chapter, on Monday, criticised the use of the soldiers following a protest by students that led to the closure of the institution.

The Chairman of the Union, Clement Chup, stated this in Gwagwalada, Abuja, at a news conference.

He expressed dismay over the manner the crisis was handled by the university management.

He said the use of armed soldiers to eject students from the hostels within few hours of the announcement of the closure of the university had instilled unnecessary fear on the university community.

Mr. Chup, therefore, called on the Chief of Army Staff to exercise restraint in future operations, adding that the country is under a democratic dispensation where people should be free to air their views.

The union called for the release of the White Paper on the report of the last Special Visitation Panel to the university without further delay.

“It is our conviction that the White Paper, if promptly released and implemented, will proffer solution to our challenges in the university,” he said.

Mr. Chup, however, commended the University Senate for its decision to call the 300 and 400 level students back to school on Dec. 3 to restart their second semester examination.

“We call on the university management to put effective security in place to ensure the security of lives and property before the commencement of the examination,” he said.

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