The community of Tiv Students (CTS) and the Tiv Staff Forum (TSF) of the Federal University Wukari, have petitioned the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Abubakar Kundiri, and the National Universities Commission (NUC) over the planned reopening of the university.
In a petition obtained by campusbiz, which as dated August 6, 2019 and duly signed by Patrick Tion for TSF and Shihon David for CTS, the groups stated that the reopening of the university which is slated for August 14, 2019, will affect the Tiv students and staff because of threat of their lives at Wukari.
The groups noted that the situation that led to the closure of the institution, which was later turned to a mid-semester break to serve some vested interests were not addressed and warned that opening the university now will further escalate the situation.
The groups while condemning the killing of three Tiv persons in the institution called for thorough investigation into the matter with the aim of bringing the perpetrators to book.
“The true position devoid of sentiments is that, there exists a serious security breach at Federal University Wukari, following the crisis between the Jukun and Tiv in Wukari, where the institution is location. We are surprised that the university has remained silent on the killing of the syudents and a staff and has gone ahead to fix August 14 for reopening of the school.
“This move will affect over 1,500 Tiv students who were evacuated by the Benue State Government and other Tiv students from Taraba, as well as, staff whose security is not guaranteed in Wukari at the moment,” the petition read.