June 18, 2024

Seven off-campus students of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) were reportedly abducted by gunmen on Tuesday night. 

Sources told The Nation that the incident happened around 1:00 am when the students, who reside at a private hostel close to the former Nigerian School of Accountancy along Bauchi Ring Road in Jos North local government, were studying for their ongoing second-semester examination.

The kidnappers numbering about five, stormed the hostel and broke into the room where they were reading, forced them into a waiting vehicle and zoomed off.

A student told the publication that the kidnappers sneaked into the hostel and held the seven students hostage at gun point for close to thirty minutes before they were forcefully led out of the premises. Other residents of the hostel, who were aware of the invasion, could not come out until the kidnappers left the scene. 

The institution’s representatives visited the off-campus hostel on Wednesday, June 14, for first-hand information. It was also gathered that the kidnappers have started calling their victims families for ransom. 

Plateau police spokesman, DSP Alfred Alabo, who confirmed the incident, said men of the Command are combing the bush to rescue the students.

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