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The National Association of Nigeria Students(NANS) has said the Federal Government must pay appropriate compensations for students who lost their lives during the recent crisis which engulfed Jos, in Plateau State.

Some students of the University of Jos were reportedly murdered as the crisis escalated forcing the school’s management to under a temporary closure to secure the lives of the students.

Several states like Oyo, Abia, Delta, Ogun among others have rushed to evacuate their students from the institution.

However, NANS believes that the losses to the families of the victims could only be mitigated through adequate compensations.

The association lamented resurgence of religious and communal clashes, especially in Plateau State, which had caused the death of students.

It noted that the crisis must be halted to safeguard the future of nation.

President of NANS, Comr. Sunday Asefon, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Monday, said the Jos crisis was coming even as the nation was grappling with the spate of kidnapping of students in the Northwest and Northcentral States of the country. 

Asefon disclosed that as part of his contributions to halt the menace of insecurity in the country, NANS would on October 28 hold a National Security Summit to harness intellectual capacities of various groups to tackle the ugly trends.

“NANS under our leadership will vigorously pursue compensations for the families of our slain members and many of our students who lost valuables to this emergency,” he said.

“We call on government at all levels, security agencies to ensure that perpetrators of this evil are brought to book and made to face the full weight of the law. 

“NANS calls on religious leaders across the country to embarking the teaching of religious tolerance to discourage their faithful from carrying arms in the name of defending their religion.

“NANS, therefore, condoles with the people and government of Plateau State, the families of the slain students and promise to stand by them as they navigate this difficult time. 

“We call on the government of Plateau State to go all out to restore peace and sanity to the state and also ensure that families who suffered loss of lives, properties, valuables, and means of livelihood are supported by every resource available to the state to enable them begin the process of healing.”

NANS commended state governments that deployed teams to evacuate students from the crisis area in Jos.

Meanwhile, the Presidency said on Monday that it was on top of the situation, as the  and other security agencies have been deployed in the city to deal with the perpetrators of the crisis.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said to achieve success, the communities must unite against these horrific attacks, saying that retributive violence is not the answer.

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