By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun Chapter on Monday, staged a peaceful protest in Abeokuta metropolis against the abduction of a 400-level student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Nathaniel Olayinka who was kidnapped last Saturday in the state.
Armed with placards bearing various inscriptions to drive home their demands, the protesting students also issued a 72-hours ultimatum to the Ogun State government within which to rescue their colleague “unhurt” or risk the students’ wrath who are ready to shoot down the state.
Some of the inscriptions on their placards reads: “I am a student, not a prey for kidnappers”; “lend your voice now, it could be you tomorrow”; “free our student now”, as well as “how much is my school fee? N50 million ransom no?”, among others.
The students, who enjoyed the protection and coverage of a detachment of the security operatives in the state, moved round the metropolis before converging at the State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) at Oke – Ilewo where they spoke with newsmen.
It would be recalled that Olayinka, a 400-level FUNAAB student of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management was kidnapped on Saturday alongside two others from a farm in Odeda Local Government area where he had gone to hustle for survival.
NN also learnt that their abductors had contacted the wife of the farm owner and demanded for the sum of N150 million before they could free their victims.
Speaking with journalists at the NUJ State Secretariat yesterday, President of the FUNAAB Students Union Government (SUG), Comrade Oloyode Michael said students across the state will not hesitate to stage a massive protest occupying the streets across the state should governments failed to secure the release of their colleague after the expiration of the ultimatum.
Joined by the NANS Joint Campus Committee (JCC) in Ogun Axis, Comrade Damilola Simeon, the students also appealed to both the state and federal governments to adopt the use of high technology in securing the country.