Insecurity in Plateau: UniJos shut down, Presidency condemns ‘Brazen’ attack on travellers

The University of Jos on Friday suspended academic activities and closed its hostels. The suspension order was due to the intensified killing of students around the university shortly after the relaxation of a 24-hour curfew in Jos.

According to a press statement signed by the University Registrar, Monday Danjem, all students are to return home or safer locations until normalcy is restored.

The University management also approved the suspension of examinations for the second semester 2019/2020 academic session.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of management and committee of deans, directors and provost of the university.

Last Saturday, travellers along Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government had been attacked, heightening tensions in the state.

The victims were attacked while travelling from Bauchi en-route Jos to Ikare in Ondo state. At least 25 persons were confirmed killed and 14 injured in the attack.

To curb further attacks, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, had imposed a curfew on Jos North, Bassa and Jos South Local Government Areas.

The Presidency has condemned the attack on travellers along Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state on Saturday morning.

In a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu, the Presidency described the attack as brazen and wickedly. “However, to be clear, this is not an agriculturalist-on-pastoralist confrontation – but rather a direct, brazen and wickedly motivated attack on members of a community exercising their rights to travel freely and to follow the faith of their choosing.

“It is widely known that Plateau State has been one of the states affected by herder-farmer clashes, which have, in a significant way, been curtailed following the intense peace-building efforts of the administration of Governor Simon Lalong,” the Presidency statement said.

“With the evident preparedness of their attackers, it is clear this was a well-conceived and prearranged assault on a known target, location and religious persuasion of the travellers not an opportunist ambush.

“These kinds of attacks on our country’s citizens are unacceptable, heinous, and stand in complete contradiction to the teachings of the great religions of our nation”.

 

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