THE President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Chinonso Obasi, has raised the alarm over assassinated attempt on his life following his resolution to join in the fight against corruption in Nigerian universities.
He commended the Nigerian Police Force for prompt manner in which some suspects in the alleged assassinated attempt on his life and his Chief of Staff were arrested.
Obasi said, NANS is indeed happy to note that under the present Inspector General, Mr. Idris Abubakar, the Police have become very proactive and alive to their constitutional responsibility of not only protecting lives and property, but also preventing criminality.
He recalled that on February 21 when NANS addressed a world press conference in Abuja and volunteered to join the battle against corruption and take advantage of the whistle-blowing policy of the present administration, “a lot of people doubted our resolve”.
He said: “However, when we matched our words with action by unearthing massive corruption in tertiary institutions, particularly by some unscrupulous vice chancellors whose dubious investments by proxy and money laundering tactics were exposed, set off on a policy of intimidation.”
“When intimidation of NANS volunteers and officials could not deter us, the powerful elements resorted to dividing NANS, only to take the final option, which include assassination threats.”
“We have therefore decided to commend IG Abubakar and his gallant officers who moved in with precision to investigate and make arrests.”
“This show of patriotic zeal by IG and his men has renewed the confidence of Nigerian students that a new Nigeria is already here, and we are emboldened to remain committed in the national war against corruption and criminality.”
“While we thank the Police for their bold efforts, we wish to remind all those encouraging and perpetrating corruption in Nigeria tertiary institutions that change as our resolution to beam searchlight on every institution has been renewed by this show of support and solidarity by the Nigeria Police,” he said.
He added that it was the hope of the students’ body that the Police would quickly charge suspects to court and investigate other reports pending at various police formations in the country.
“By now it should be clear to all perpetrators of evil, their sponsors and collaborators that no matter how they hide, Police will get at them,” he said.