Tension Heightens In Plateau, ‘Students Killed’ As Gunmen Invade UNIJOS
Indications have emerged that “some students” of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) and many others lost their lives after some unknown gunmen invaded the school premises on Sunday, September 30, 2018.
The Nation reports that the violence erupted all across Tina, Angwa-Rukuba, British-America, Rikos, Bauchi road, Farigada, Dogon-Dutse and other parts of Jos North local government area.
Eyewitnesses reported that gunshots were heard between Lamingo junction and Angwan-Rukuba area near University of Jos staff quarters at noon on Sunday.
A UNIJOS student who escaped the mayhem reported that she ran for five kilometers before she was convinced she was safe.
“I saw dead bodies on my way and it made me more scared,” she told The Nation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also quoted an eyewitness, Boniface John, as saying that he ran from the Lamingo junction to British-America junction on foot, following sound from sporadic gunshots.
“I saw people running and I was told that someone was killed. I also heard sound of gun shots from different angles,” he said.
A 300-level UNIJOS student, Kums Shedrach, has been identified as one of the casualties of the attack who was gunned down at the school’s Student Village hostel on Sunday.
The school’s Student Union Government has directed all students to remain on the premises of the university, according to a statement credited to its Public Relations Officer, Kwalmi Kelvin Kwande.
The Plateau State Police Command has disclosed that the situation has been brought under control with armed personnel deployed to the troubled parts of the state capital.
“We are aware of the situation around some parts of Jos North, but it has been brought under control by our men. We have deployed our armed personnel to affected parts,” spokesperson, Terna Tyopev, said.
Scores of netizens have taken to social media to reveal details of the development.
May the souls of unijos student whom lost their life’s at the tragedy that took place yesterday by an unknown gunmen rest in perfect peace (Amen)? @EfeMoney @BellaAlubo @dino_melaye @ShehuSani @YungLMrmarley @channelstv @SaharaReporters @MBuhari @aishambuhari @SardaunanMalabu pic.twitter.com/ij9LTwgBYq
— Dino? (@im_dinooo) October 1, 2018
LORD HAVE MERCY
It just came to my attention that at least 4 people were killed when the Naraguta Hostel, UNIJOS was attacked by a yet to be identified gunmen in Broad Daylight.
What exactly is happening in Jos Plateau State Nigeria?pic.twitter.com/1XCvAHHNLC
— The Jonathanian (@The_Jonathanian) September 30, 2018
Students of UniJos lost their lives to unknown gunmen? ?
Nigeria my country ?♂️?♂️?♂️
— Chandà (@EfeMoney) September 30, 2018
“Happy Independence Day”
What’s happy about today?
How Independent is our today?
There’s no happiness in the country
Armed gunmen went into the school hostel in UNIJOS to shoot students but you want to claim Nigeria is a happy independent country
Sorry, I can’t relate ? pic.twitter.com/STJpeMyoq8
— BadmanSHABBA (@pascHANDRE) October 1, 2018
FGN, Plateau State is not safe. We students of University of Jos are not safe. We are been attacked & killed. Pls do something. We don’t have arms to protect ourselves. Some of us just came here to study and we are being killed.
— Aloy (@AloysiusGapa) September 30, 2018