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17.08.2021 Justice UNIJOS Students Killed in Reprisal Attacks

Published 17th Aug, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

Two students of the University of Jos, Plateau State, have been killed in a series of reprisal attacks that followed the Saturday killing of 22 commuters in the state, FIJ can report.

A source said one of the victims, a 100-level student of the Religion and Philosophy Department, was waylaid while on her way to the church on Sunday morning.

“The lady was going to church but she didn’t even get to where she was going before they killed her,” he said. 

FIJ also learnt that one of the victims was trying to vacate his volatile off-campus community for school when the assailants caught up with him.

“At first, he went missing for 24 hours but was later confirmed dead on Monday evening,” a student said. “Currently, many of the students are stuck on campus, including me.” 

“I came to school for exams on Saturday and I cannot go out again. We are out of foodstuffs and now live on biscuits.”

READ ALSO: Irigwe Leader Denies Involvement of Community Members in Jos Killing

On Sunday, FIJ reported that the university’s management suspended exams due to the recurring crisis that ensued after 22 Muslim travellers were killed on Gada-Biyu  — Rukuba road in Jos. 

Speaking with FIJ, Abdullahi Abdullahi, the university’s Deputy Registrar on Information and Publications, said the school was yet to verify the number of casualties. 

“I heard the news the same way you heard it but I am yet to confirm the facts because the school is also affected by the curfew declared by the state government,” he said.

“However, we have been doing a headcount and working with the security forces on this case.

“As soon as we verify the news, there will be an official statement.”

Published 17th Aug, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

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