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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has expressed its concerns over the attacks on security operatives across the country, News About Nigeria reports. 

The Senate President of the Association, Henry Okunomo, and the Clerk, AbdulYekinn Odunayo, expressed their dissatisfaction during a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

The association noted that security operatives are dedicated individuals who put their lives on the line daily to ensure the safety and well-being of citizens.

They stated that men of the Nigerian army and the police, have been most affected by these attacks.

The Students’ body therefore advocated for constructive and peaceful avenues to address grievances, stating that it is crucial to engage in dialogue, report misconduct through the appropriate channels, and work towards systemic reforms, that will enhance the professionalism of the security forces in the country.

They also called on community leaders, civil society organisations, and citizens to join them in condemning the attacks and fostering a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect with security operatives.

NANS appealed to government and relevant authorities to investigate the root causes of the tensions and take appropriate measures to address them.

They also appealed to the leadership of the army and police to caution their men against human rights abuse and involvement in civil matters.

“According to a report by various news media, no fewer than 154 military and police officers have been killed by non-state actors between March 2023 and March 2024. 90 policemen were killed, while 64 military personnel also lost their lives to the activities of outlaws.

“As students and future leaders of this nation, we must advocate for constructive and peaceful avenues to address grievances. It is crucial to engage in dialogue, report misconduct through the appropriate channels, and work towards systemic reforms that can enhance the accountability and professionalism of our security forces.

“We call upon community leaders, civil society organisations, and all citizens to join us in condemning these attacks. We urge everyone to foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect with our security operatives. Let us remember that they are our brothers, sisters, friends, and neighbors who are fulfilling a critical role in our society.

“NANS, under the able leadership of Comrade Pedro Obi, urges all Nigerians to commit to building a community where security operatives and residents coexist peacefully and work collaboratively towards a common goal—a safe, secure, and prosperous society for all. Violence is never the answer, and through unity and understanding, we can overcome these challenges,” Okunomo stated.

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