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Jos Killings: Kogi govt evacuates students from UNIJOS, other institutions

Plateau State has been under siege since some travellers were killed in the Rukuba axis of the state while on transit from Bauchi to Ondo State on August 14.

• August 21, 2021
Yahaya Bello
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

The Kogi  state government evacuated its indigenes studying at the University of Jos and other institutions in the state, following the recent killings and violence in Jos and environs.

Muhammed Onogwu, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

According to Mr Onogwu, the students were evacuated from Plateau State following the directives from Mr Bello and were escorted with security personnel.

The state also evacuated students from other states like Ebonyi, Benue, Nasarawa, FCT among others.

The statement reads: “Following the recent attacks in Plateau State, particularly in Jos North Local Government Area of the state and the closing down of the University of Jos by the school management.

“Kogi State Students studying in the University and other higher institutions in Plateau State have been successfully evacuated by the state government.

“The students returned in buses with heavy security escorts provided by the State Government on Friday.

“This was as a result of the directive of Governor Yahaya Bello mandating that everything necessary must be done to return the students safely back home.

“While describing the event on the Plateau as unfortunate, the governor assured the students of their quick return to school, noting that the authority in Plateau State was on top of the situation to restore law and order in the state.

“The Governor praised the students for their orderly conduct and patience during the unfortunate incident.”

Plateau State has been under siege since some travellers were killed in the Rukuba axis of the state while on transit from Bauchi to Ondo State on August 14. 

Prior to then, there have been reports of attacks and invasion of communities and farms by Fulani bandits.

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