This Day (Lagos)

3 May 2014

Nigeria: Court Asked to Compel FG to Provide Security for Schools

The Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to compel the Federal Government to provide adequate security for college students across the country.

The request is contained in a suit, by a group of concerned Nigerians, instituted Friday before the court by an Abuja based lawyer, Sunday Essienekak.

The plaintiffs, in an exparte application for "judicial review - an order of mandamus, are seeking among others, leave to apply for an order of mandamus mandating the Fed Govt and its relevant agencies to "provide security to the students of all Federal Government Secondary Schools in Nigeria."

They are seeking to mandate the government and its agencies to "take preventive steps to secure the lives and property of all vulnerable students" in Fed Govt schools in the north-eastern part of the country in view of the worsening security situation in the area.

The lawyer, in his supporting affidavit to the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/344/2014 stated that the suit was informed by the increasing kidnap cases in government schools in the Northeast.

He stated that it was the duty of the Fed. Govt to provide security services to Nigerians and by implication the weak, defenceless, vulnerable children in theses Fed Govt owned schools.

"There is a security situation in Nigeria, mostly Northern states that has occasioned the kidnapping, killing, abduction of vulnerable children in Fed Govt Secondary schools.

"Recently, at the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, about 234 girls were abducted by insurgents.

"It is necessary that this duty be performed to abate, avert or forestall the inherent danger associated with it and to protect and save lives of these vulnerable, weak children," Essienekak stated.

The plaintiffs urged the court to grant their prayers in the interest of justice. The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Education Minister, Chief of Defence Staff, Director of State Security Service and Inspector General of Police are listed as the defendants.

Among the plaintiffs are Sunday Omekedo, Tsadu Mohammed, Eng Pius Udihirinwa and Iyama Lawrence. A date is yet to be set for hearing.

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