President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State have been petitioned by the students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, over the kidnap of one of their colleagues.
The students said that they are in pain over the abduction of one of their colleagues identified as Opadele Rachael Abiola.
The students of LAUTECH, in a petition addressed to Buhari and Makinde said that Miss Abiola, a final year student of Fine and Applied Arts with Matric Number: 170886 was reportedly abducted in the early hours of July 29th, 2022.
The students in the statement signed by the trio of the Students Union Government (SUG) President, Anuoluwa Adeboye, General Secretary, Okiki Ibrahim Opaleke and Pubic Relations Officer, Love Gabriel Michael, said that Abiola was abducted in a hotel at Aaba, a community close to LAUTECH.
They added that Abiola is working at the hotel due to the ASUU strike that has kept all Nigerian students outside the school.
The union then advised Buhari and Makinde to save them from the frequent abduction of their colleagues by kidnappers.
The students’ leaders, on behalf of their colleagues, said that over 35,000 students of the institution were living in fear.
The students said, “It is with a heavy heart that we write this openly to Federal Government Presidency, Oyo State Government and all Nigerians. Our hearts are grieved by the unending sorrow bequeathing our fellow students by the criminals (rapists, thieves, looters, kidnappers, and murderers) that have grown wings and spread across the country otherwise known as “bandits”.
“It saddens our heart that Opadele Rachael Abiola, a final year student of Fine and Applied Arts with Matric Number: 170886 is reported to have been abducted in the early hours of July 29th, 2022 in a hotel at Aaba, a community close to LAUTECH.
“Racheal was said to be working at the hotel due to the ASUU strike that has kept all Nigerian students outside the school. What a shame on our Federal Government led by President Muhammed Buhari who has failed us. The Federal Government has failed us in our education system, as well as our security.
“We can no longer walk or move freely, sleep conveniently, travel, or do anything without fear of being abducted or kidnapped, robbed, raped, or maimed within or outside our University Community.
“This is a cry of bereavement from over 35,000 students of Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology, Ogbomoso to the Federal Government Presidency, Oyo State Government, all security operatives in Nigeria and Oyo State, the Obas, and the Management of LAUTECH over the abduction of Rachael by unknown gunmen, known as bandits in our dear country, Nigeria, to help, free and save Rachael”.