Two injured as Police College is attacked in Jos

Channels Television  
Updated March 20, 2012

Two policemen were injured on Monday night when unknown gunmen attacked Police Staff College, Jos, Plateau State.

The attackers fired several shots at the officers who were manning the entrance of the school.

The injured policemen: Sergeant Bitrus Oloji, and a corporal who was identified as Japheth, were taken to Bingham University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), Jos.  One of the victims was said to be in a more critical condition, having been shot in the head.

A police officer, who did not want his name published, said that the attackers ambushed the police officers by launching the attack from two angles.

“It is by sheer providence that the two policemen were not killed in view of the heavy shooting carried out by the attackers who first destroyed the security lights at the gates before unleashing a heavy attack on the guards,’’ he said, adding that the shootings went on for almost one hour.

When contacted, Mulero Ayinde, the College Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident but added that no life was lost. “For now, that is all I can tell you,” he said. “We will speak after we have gathered more details.”

Murna Basu, a sister of Oloji, said the incident happened not long after she brought food for him at the gate. “I brought food for my brother just when NTA began the 9.00 pm network news and left; but around 10.00 p.m. I heard gunshots,” she said. “I suspected something terrible must have happened when I called his line without any response even when it was ringing.”

The college is among areas identified as targets of attacks by Boko Haram, the sect believed to be responsible for a terrorist attacks in various parts of the country.

In a text message sent to some Jos residents early in the month, the college was listed among targets that included COCIN Headquarters Church, Police Command, ECWA Headquarters, Theological College of Northern Nigeria, among others.