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Southern Kaduna: ‎No student of Gidan Waya College of Education was killed – School Administrator

Contrary to media reports that 5 students of College of Education Gidan Waya in southern part of Kaduna State were killed, the School administrator, Professor Emmanuel Joseph Chom, has clarified that none of his students were killed.

Addressing a press conference Tuesday in Kaduna, the school administrator wondered why any person or group of persons ‎would want to destroy government’s determined effort at ensuring that normalcy returned to the area.
He called on well meaning individuals particularly those in the media profession to always cross check their facts, particularly as it affects security before publishing such information to avoid putting the state in bad light in the eyes of the public and investors.
“I want to strongly and unequivocally without any iota of doubt, fear or favour say that no student of College of Education, Gidan Waya was killed as reported by a national daily, and some online and social media; nothing of such happened.
“The report has caused so much fear in the minds of parents who have continued to call to authenticate the veracity of such report. ‎
“The present situation in the state particularly where the school is located is very fragile and that is why we have to use this media to tell all concerned that there was no attack on any student of the school.
“Besides, the school among other schools within the area has been closed since November last year (2016) and at the moment, we don’t have the department of Mass Communication education as the students allegedly killed ‎as reported were said to have come from that department of the college.
“The only time a student of the school was killed was when the student who was on errand for his father took a wrong route and ran into the hands of Fulani Herdsmen and was killed; my security guard prior to the closure of the school was also killed, but these killings were last year and not recently as reported.”
He explained that necessary efforts were being made to resume school in view of the relative normalcy that was gradually returning to the area.
“Our internal security measures are in place 24 hours, we also have a lot of men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), armed police men on ground to compliment government security me‎asures already put in place. There is also enough security check points in and around the school and environs,” he stressed.
Recall that the College of Nursing, Kafanchan, Kaduna State University (KASU), Kafanchan campus and the College of Education Gidan Waya all in Jema’a local government area in Southern Kaduna ‎Senatorial district of Kaduna State have been closed down over security related challenges.
Meanwhile, Zango Kataf local government area is under a 24-hour curfew, while Kaura and Jema’a local government areas are under dust to dawn curfew.