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USOSA urges Govt. to check frequent killings of unity schools students

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Worried by the surge in killings of students of Federal Government Collages in recent times, the Unity Schools Old Student Association (USOSA), has urged the Federal Government to take practical steps towards addressing the underlying reasons behind the attacks on student of these schools. USOSA National President, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a press conference over the killings of two students at Federal Government Collage, Okposi, Ebonyi State, said the killing of children in unity school is sadly becoming a regular occurrence in the country.

Odinkalu explained that the killing of Toochukwu Ene and Chukwuemeka Ugwu is the third recent incidence in Unity Schools in Nigeria. He explained that: “These murders endanger education in our country, threaten our unity as a people, and undermine the very purpose of the unity schools. “In 2013, three students of FGC Kano were killed, after Boko Haram members attacked their school and shot students randomly.

Many students were injured and had to withdraw from the school. In 2014, at least 49 students of FCGC Buni-Yadi in Yobe State were killed after their school was attacked by Boko-Haram elements disguised as armed service men. Following the attack, the federal government closed down the premises of FGC Buni-Yadi to academic activities. The former chairman of Human Right Commission lamented that no one has been held accountable for the attacks on FGC Kano and FGC Buni-Yadi. “This is why the gruesome murder of Tochukwu and Chukwuemeka deserves our attention and those who killed them must be brought to account. Odinkalu said the association would establish immediate liaison with the Federal Ministry of Education in order to establish an inventory of relevant deficits in all the schools in the country.

“USOSA wishes to appeal to any Nigerian, including members of the Okposi community who may have seen what happened to Toochukwu and Chukwuemeka to please come forward with such information and help the Nigerian Police solve these gruesome murders and bring perpetrators to book in the shortest time. In another development, the Ebonyi Police Command has commenced investigations into the mysterious death of the two students. The Guardian gathered that the command arrested a school staff and a traditional ruler of the community who is also facing interrogation at the Police Command headquarters in Abakaliki.

The students were kidnapped on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 and ten days later, their decomposing bodies were found floating in a local river on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016. In a statement, the police spokesman, ASP George Okafor, said that following the report made to the police, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, led other senior police officers with the SARS team on the ground for on the spot operational assessment.

The PRO disclosed that the dead bodies of the students were discovered at a bamboo grove in Ata River, about half a kilometer from the college premises. Reports gathered that before both students were murdered, no attempt was made by the suspected kidnappers to reach the boys’ parents for any ransom.



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