Thursday, 28 November 2013
ASUU STRIKE Updates: I-G orders adequate security in varsity campuses nationwide to protect lecturers who may want to resume
Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered immediate provision of adequate security in and around university campuses nationwide. This is contained in a statement issued by CSP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Thursday in Abuja. The statement said the measure was designed to secure life and property in the institutions and provide enabling environment for lecturers, students and other members of staff to go about their lawful businesses without hindrance. “The directive is a proactive and confidence-boosting measure designed to ensure that nothing untoward happens in our academic communities,” it said. The statement directed all Command Commissioners of Police to personally oversee the intensification of surveillance in universities in their states. It ordered them to “take all necessary security measures needed to provide for the safety and security of members of staff and students as well as property within the various Campuses”. It urged lecturers, students and Nigerians within the institutions to remain law-abiding and go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation or intimidation from any quarters. It will be recalled that the Federal Government on Thursday gave universities lecturers, who had been on strike since July, one week ultimatum to resume academic activities.