Facts have emerged on why and how Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello swiftly moved to evacuate students of Kogi origin from the University of Jos(UNIJOS) in the face of growing security concerns in the State.
Recent killings leading to the death of many in Plateau State surely raised concerns in Lugard House, Kogi’s seat of power.
Bello was said to have given a marching order to his Chief of Staff, Abdulkareem Asuku, to ensure no single Kogi student was caught up in the ensuing violence rocking Plateau.
The Chief of Staff was said to have immediately swung into action by working closely with the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth and Sports, Hon. Jibril Oludare Ahmadu and the newly elected National President of the National Association of Kogi Students, Rachael Mojirola Balogun, to coordinate the immediate evacuation of the students.
When contacted, Asuku first refused to speak to our correspondent on the matter, describing himself as a “quiet worker”.
But when he was pressed further, he said the evacuation was a swift intervention by the Governor to save the lives of the students, saying Government is satisfied with the success of the exercise.
“I prefer to concentrate on my job and allow the media people do their job. It was an exercise His Excellency directed us to carry out because he didn’t want Kogi State to lose anyone in Jos.
“But even beyond that, the Governor was concerned about students from other states as we ended up evacuating tens of students from other states.
“The situation we have found ourselves call for concerted efforts by all across our nation to ensure security and safety of all. Efforts by the Federal Government at ensuring peace across the country is commendable and should be supported by all.
“We are happy and satisfied that everyone involved in carrying out the assignment ranging from Government officials, security agencies to other stakeholders, acted with professionalism, diligence and patriotism”.