The Bauchi State Chairman of ASUU, Dr Adamu Babayo, has reportedly been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapters of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and Bauchi State University, Gadau, who confirmed the detention of the Bauchi State Chairman of ASUU in a joint press conference on Sunday, alleged that he was invited to the department’s headquarters in Bauchi.
“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 together 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.
The group’s Vice Chairman, Dr Ibrahim Maina who queried the DSS to explain the reasons behind the arrest, stated that the fundamental human rights of Babayo was violated by the security agency. He further maintained that industrial action is the rights of a worker as enshrined in the civil service act, which enable workers to press home their demands.
“Let them explain to us why he was detained. That will give us the idea of what needs to be done. If the detention is in connection with the ongoing strike; it is a nationwide strike embarked on by the universities in the country and not a peculiar or personal problem. What wrong have we done by pressing for our rights through the strike,” he queried.
However a DSS source who spoke on condition of anonymity, denied the allegation, insisting that Babayo was not detained but invited to answer some questions.