BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU, Abuja
THE Kogi State Chapter of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan, the National Assembly and the Ministry of Defence to probe the alleged attack of the staff of JAMB by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
NASU, in a press release made available to Sunday Vanguard yesterday, alleged that the operatives of NSCDC had invaded JAMB office in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Wednesday where they molested, attacked and wounded three staff and a pregnant woman; they then allegedly arrested two private security personnel engaged by the board. It was also alleged that the NSCDC claimed that the private security guards employed by the board were not registered with the corps though sources at the JAMB office had said that the private security outfit was registered at the headquarters of NSCDC.
According to the source, operatives of NSCDC had wanted to take over security at the board but they were infuriated that the board was not in a hurry to engage them.
The release signed by Comrades Samuel Azaba and Stephen Ignatius, Chapter Chairman and Secretary of NASU respectively stated that “The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), JAMB Chapter, strongly condemns the incident yesterday, 16th July, 2014 where over hundred drunken armed operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) stormed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s State Office in Lokoja, Kogi State, to attack and molest our defenceless staff that were carrying out their legitimate duties. We are indeed shocked and lost over why such an attack was targeted to our staff. Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board was established in February 1978 as Act No. 2 of 1978, which was amended and replaced with Act 33 of 1989 to carry out functions as provided under Section 5 of Decree 33 of 1989.