With more attacks by gunmen reported in some parts of southern Kaduna, students in the state have called for improved security presence in schools in the area.
The students, who spoke through Mr Jatau Luka, President, National Association of Kaduna State Students (NAKASS), on Monday in Kaduna, said that the step was necessary to protect innocent students.
Luka, who addressed a press conference, challenged managements of institutions cited in the area to be extra vigilant.
While commending the Kaduna State Government over efforts to tackle the protracted security problem, he advised that special attention be paid to schools and students.
He regretted that some students from the central and northern senatorial zones in the state had been forced to forfeit their admission to tertiary institutions in the area.
“The presence of security personnel in the institutions will restore the confidence of parents and students,” he said.
Luka particularly noted that students of Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, as well as the Kafanchan Campus of the Kaduna State University, were currently out of school due to the security situation.
He, however, debunked recent reports that five students had been killed in one of the attacks.
“I want to assure Kaduna State students, and the general public, that the information is false.
“I want to also make it clear that no student has been killed since these attacks started.”
He cautioned against rumour mongering as that was capable of instigating the more than 2.1 million Kaduna State students into take laws into their hands.
The president urged all Kaduna State students to remain calm, law abiding and never take laws into their hands.
He said that the students should, however, be alert and report any suspicion movement to law enforcement agencies.