By Felix Khanoba
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condemned in strong terms the brutal murder of Ropvil Daciya Dalep, a student of University of Maiduguri.
Dalep was on his way back to school from Jos when he was abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 9 January, 2020, close to Maiduguri, Borno State capital, alongside others in the vehicle.
A statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday and signed by NANS President, Comrade Danielson Bamidele Akpan, said Dalep was brutally killed on 22 January, 2020, by the dreaded insurgent group.
“Dalep a bonafide member of the largest black students movement, NANS, was brutally killed on the 22nd January, 2020 in a video that has gone viral in the social media space,” Danielson said. Others are still held captive and suffering in the hands of their abductors.”
While lamenting that Nigerians are being killed and kidnapped on a daily basis by Boko Haram and other unknown armed groups, the NANS President recalled that just a few days ago Pastor Lawan Andimi, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) in Michika Local Government of Adamawa State was also abducted and murdered in similar fashion by the same terrorist group.
“Communities in the North East, especially in Adamawa and Borno States have come under heavy attack with untold casualties and tales of woe that has been either not reported or under reported by the media.
“At the moment, there is no safe place in Nigeria as abduction is carried out close to the seat of power, Abuja and its environs. Travellers and commuters are regularly attacked, kidnapped and killed around Kogi, Kaduna and Jos routes.
“The impact of the violent attacks has been devastating on these communities and Nigerian students who now live in perpetual fear and could no longer attend school in these areas due to fear of killings and kidnappings as their campuses come under several attacks and the highways they commute from their various homes to school unsafe,” Comrade Akpan said.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the present service chiefs in the country as they have lost touch with the prevailing security challenges.
“The rising insecurity in every part of the country must be curtailed, as we call for a halt in normalization of blood letting.
“We shall commence action to get our country secured immediately,” the NANS President said.