NANS Raises Alarm Over Plot By DSS To Silence Nigerian Students - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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NANS Raises Alarm Over Plot By DSS To Silence Nigerian Students

The NANS National PRO, Adeyemi Azeez with other members of the association
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ABEOKUTA - National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS) has expressed concern over planned attempt by operatives of Department of State Security (DSS) to prevent students across the country from staging protest.

NANS in a reaction to a statement credited to the DSS Public Relations Officer, Dr. Peter Afunanya that some unknown persons were planning to instigate mass protest capable of destabilizing the country, the Nigerian students would never be involved in anything capable of undermining the security of the country. 

Speaking at a Press Conference in Abeokuta on Friday, NANS National PRO, Adeyemi Azeez said the statement was preemptive attempt to silence critics of the government and punish oppositions who raised their voice against the anti masses policies and Nigerian students who usually expressed their displeasure through protest. 

He lampooned the federal government for detesting protest. 

He equally condemned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS for operating in an 'armed robber' manner by allegedly invading their students houses and destroyed their property.

"The EFCC operates in an arm robbery manner. Jump fences of our students, break doors and windows, scatter n destroy our students' belongings in the name of searching for cyber criminals".

"SARS chase our students regardless of moving vehicles, catch them, force them to ATM points and forcefully rob them of their money"

He challenge that if care is not taken, this displeasureable act will lead to a protest and may cause student to fight for themselves. 

"As much as we want to agree with the security agency on the need for continued peace, we as students' leaders and our students will never be involved in anything capable of undermining our collective security as a country nor expose any security architecture to any form of danger. 

"But our investigation has only indicated that the government in collaboration with the security agency are only out to silence critics most importantly punish oppositions who raise their voices against anti masses policies.

"Nigerian students, it is a known fact that we mostly express our displeasure through protest especially when the authorities have decided to turn deaf ears against our yearnings, thus, this might be a plan to get us even as young people.

"If any government is up and doing, it shouldn't be afraid of protest especially from students nor citizens" he added. 

He called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to look into the matter. 

He therefore implored the DSS to stand as security for students in times of protest, saying the association will not take it softly if any student is kept behind the bar for protesting as a result of this alarm.

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