Lafia Varsity Students Raise Alarm Over Incessant Gunmen Attacks

Students of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State have raised concerns following a trend of attacks and alledged abduction of a student by suspected kidnappers in Gandu axis of the state capital.

The concerned students disclosed that the group of armed gunmen attacked when some of the students were returning from lecture hall around 8 p.m on Monday evening, November 6.

A student was reportedly shot while the other individual was taken away.

It is not the first time such attack would be happening, a student source who pleaded anonymity told The WikkiTimes on Wednesday.

“In recent times, gunmen have been on rampage in the area, causing fear on the students. In the past two months, not less than three or four students have been abducted in the area, though the students later gained their freedom, I feel unsafe here,” he said.

Gandu is considered a prominent student settlement close to the federal university in Lafia.

Meanwhile, the source noted that the gunmen shot repeatedly, scaring people away, and allegedly gave the abductors a free hand to take the student.

“The incident happened close to my house, and just after I returned from class. They started shooting; though I do not know the identity of the abducted person, a student was shot by the gunmen,” the source disclosed.

Another student who expressed fear over the attacks noted that students have been the major targets of the abductors in recent times.

The student explained that a student was abducted for over two weeks before he regained his freedom.

Both students who spoke to The WikiTimes appealed to the government to prioritize security in and around the university. This, they noted would boost student confidence and further help concentration and learning process.

A national daily, earlier confirmed the incident, describing the abducted person as a businessman while the shot student was identified as a 300-Level undergraduate of Sociology Department in the varsity.

The State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, however, pledged to address the insecurity situation in the school.

In a publication by the university-based Fulafia Bulletin, the governor vowed to ensure the police authority mount security post along the axis to prevent likely reoccurrence of the incident. Abdullahi spoke when he visited the university on Tuesday evening to ascertain the real cause of the attack.

He asked the school to consider multiple security approaches in safeguarding the students.

The WikkiTimes, in the course of filing this report contacted the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Rahman Nansel but he said he was unaware of the incident.


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