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ASUU Decries Detention Of Bauchi Chapter Chairman



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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapters of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and Bauchi State University, Gadau, have condemned the detention of ATBU chapter chairman, Dr Adamu Babayo, by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The vice chairman of the association, Dr. Ibrahim Maina, decried the action of the DSS at a joint press conference yesterday in Bauchi.

Maina alleged that Babayo was detained by the DSS operatives on Sunday when he was invited to the ebency’s headquarters in Bauchi.

He said: “The ASUU chairman, Adamu Babayo, was invited through a short service message (SMS) which is not a formal way of invitation.

“On Friday he received a text message requesting him to report to the DSS office in Bauchi on Sunday. He went to the office with some of the executives of the association. The DSS operatives requested other members of his entourage to leave and detained him in their office,” he said.

Maina said that the action was a violation of Babayo’s fundamental human rights and asked the DSS to explain the reasons behind the arrest.

He maintained that industrial action is the rights of a worker as enshrined in the Civil Service Act, which enable workers to press for their demands.

However, a DSS official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, denied the allegation, insisting that Babayo was not detained but invited to answer some questions.



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