Gunmen shoot varsity student, kidnap businessman in Nasarawa

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have shot a 300-level student of Sociology Department in the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State.

It was gathered that the gunmen shot the student during an attack on Gandu community located about two kilometres away from the university at about 8 p.m. on Monday, November 6.

It was learnt that the gunmen also kidnapped a popular businessman during the attack.

An eyewitness disclosed that the incident has caused fear among residents of the area, adding that many students had remained indoors since the incident occurred.

“The student was shot by the bandits and was immediately rushed to the hospital where he is taking treatment. Our prayer is that he recovers fast because the situation was a serious one.

“Our lives are no longer safe, owing to the persistent attacks and kidnapping of students, and other criminal activities in this environment.

“Our examinations are around the corner and we cannot go to class to read in the night any more for fear of being attacked or molested by people suspected to be kidnappers,” the eyewitness told Punch.

Meanwhile, the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has expressed concern over the growing insecurity around tertiary institutions in the state.

The governor stated this on Tuesday during a visit to the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Lafia over Monday night’s attack on the students’ settlement by gunmen.

While registering his sympathy with the management of the institution over the incident, Sule reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure that security is enhanced around student residential areas in the state to curtail the issues of insecurity.

On his part, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Shehu Abdulrahman, appreciated the governor for placing high regard to the security issues within and outside the university.

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