By Muhammad Abubakar Damaturu.
The event was held at Yobe State University Hall in Damaturu and was attended by students from Federal University, Gashua; Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, and Yobe State University, Damaturu.
NERI paid for the financial commitment of the debate.
The debate forms part of a series of events organised by NERI and CITAD, whose mandate includes enhancing and developing peace within the community.
The participants discussed ways to curb the menace of insurgency and presentations were followed by a debate which focused on the features, characteristics and determinants of youth involvement in terrorism, what youths should do to end insurgency in the Northeast, how young people can be discouraged from being recruited into insurgency.
The participants were presented with various prizes of desktop computer sets, mobile handsets, plague and certificates.
Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, emerged overall winner, followed by Federal University, Gashua, while Yobe State University got the third position.