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Gunmen Kidnap Two Varsity Students In Taraba

 

Gunmen have kidnapped two students of the Federal University Wukari, located in the Southern Senatorial Zone of Taraba State. 

The gunmen operated for almost an hour on Monday night, shooting sporadically and injuring many other students without any interference from security agencies, despite the location of a checkpoint a few meters away from the scene of the incident.

A resident, Moses Tapwa, was lucky to have escaped, but two of his staff, who are students of the institution, were not lucky.

The two students abducted were identified as Joshua Sardauna from the Economics Department and Obianu Elizabeth from the Microbiology Department.

The authorities of the school said they were aware of the incident and have commenced efforts to ensure safe release of the students.

Nine Arrested

A spokesperson for the institution, Ashu Agya, disclosed that nine suspected kidnappers were apprehended inside the bush by youths of the community shortly after the incident and they have been handed over to the police for interrogation.

The institution appealed to the federal and state governments as well as philanthropists to assist in building hostels for students and staff within the school premises to avert further occurrence.

The last case of abduction at the institution happened in 2022, which led to the shut down of the institution to douse tension among parents, staff and students of the institution.

The university is located along the ever-busy Wukari, Katsina-Ala Federal Highway, leading to Benue State in the north-central geopolitical zone of the country.

The official report has it that about 90 percent of the students and staff of the institution reside outside the school premises.

Kayode Oyero

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