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Police refute rumoured kidnap in Plateau University

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By Thompson Yamput / Zainab Oyekan
Plateau police on Tuesday refuted rumors circulating that three students from Plateau State University in Bokkos were kidnapped by bandits on Monday.

State Police spokesman ASP Gabriel Ubah told (NAN) that while it was true that bandits attacked the student village of Mbar community in Bokkos, no student ‘had been removed.

“Some students lost their phones to the attackers, while a male student was shot, treated in a hospital and fired,” Ubah said.

He added that an investigation was underway to locate the attackers in order to bring them to justice.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Yohana Izam, also refuted allegations that assailants abducted three students from the institution.

He also confirmed the discharge from hospital of the male student who had been shot and wounded.

“We are surprised by the attack on the student community, but we are also happy that our students are intact.

“We are still investigating the incident, which we condemn in its entirety,” he said.

Izam called on the students to remain calm while security guards investigated the attack.

University students protested the attack and demanded that more security personnel be deployed in the university community.

Dr Bentse Pamson, president of ASUU at the university, who also condemned the attack, called for more security around the institution.

“This issue of insecurity in the institution is what we argued for in our memorandum of action with the state government about two months ago.

“It is unfortunate that nothing of the MoU signed between ASUU and the government has not been implemented,” he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong praised security officials for foiling the attempted kidnapping of four students at Plateau State University in Bokkos.

This is contained in a statement signed by Dr Makut Macham, the director of press and public affairs to the governor, Tuesday in Jos.

Lalong, who praised the security agencies for being proactive, led the immediate establishment of a police station within the university’s host community to prevent any future reappearances.

The governor also ordered that security be increased at all schools in the state to ensure the safety and security of students.

He also assured the students that all necessary steps would be taken to ensure that they learn and live in a peaceful, safe and supportive environment. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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