Hon. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, the Rivers State Commissioner of Education, stated that the River state government condemned the brutal killing of students; while he was receiving 32 Rivers State indigenes who were rescued from the University of jos.
The students from Rivers State in University of Jos sent an SOS to the Rivers state government appealing for a speedy evacuation after gunmen stormed the school and killed many students.
The Commissioner, who was represented by Sir Dagogo Adonye Hart, the permanent secretary of the ministry, was mad at the situation where unarmed civilians are no longer secured in the country.
A first-year Law student in the University, Nweke Miriam, said the incident started last Friday, the 28th of September when gunmen in military uniform entered the school hostel and started shooting at students.
She said many students are still missing up till now, adding that some died on the spot; while few who were alive had to call the Rivers State government immediately to come to their rescue, which they immediately responded to and came down to Jos with security operatives to rescue them.
Also, final year law student in the same university, Njoku Honest Kelechi reported that:
“The experience is not something one should have twice in a lifetime”.
“it is disheartening that a government that is expected to protect lives of the citizens can no longer do so but rather protect the very few whom they deem fit to be protected rather than the entire citizenry”.
He appreciated the Rivers State government for their immediate rescue, as they were escorted back to Rivers State with heavy security.
Immediately Rivers State government responded, he was asked to assemble all Rivers indigenes in the university, he contacted them via their WhatsApp group medium but that only 32 students responded, Njoku said.
According to him, up until now, many have not responded; But he is still sending messages to them to see if they will respond, and that if they get any other response, the state government promised to go back to Jos to rescue them.
The National President of National Union of Rivers State students, Comrade Patrick Ogboehi, also commended the Rivers State government for responding to the situation immediately; to rescue Rivers indigenes studying in the University of Jos.
Mr. Patrick said that, it is saddening that unknown gunmen would dress in military uniform and go into an institution of learning and open fire on unarmed students.
” it must be totally condemned that students who have gone to acquire knowledge are being shot at for no reason.
I am grateful that we were able to get these ones back home to be reunited with their family. I also thank the Rivers State government for being able to act as at the time they were called upon”.
Sir Adonye Hart, said the ugly incident is as a result of the bad leadership at the centre in Nigeria.
“How can a government value the life of a cow more than human life?”
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to be careful when choosing their leaders.
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