Some students from the Federal University of Lafia in Nasarawa State have been kidnapped.
The students were kidnapped at the university community in Maraba, according to sources.
Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, verified the event, adding that four students had been kidnapped.
According to him, the gunmen stormed the university community on Thursday around 11:30 p.m. and whisked the students away to an undisclosed location.
“The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Shehu Abdul Rahman, on behalf of the management of the institution, expressed his profound outrage at the unfortunate development and condemned it in strong terms and demand for the immediate release of those kidnapped.”
Kidnapping of students, according to the Vice-Chancellor, is one of the most severe challenges to education in Nasarawa State, in particular, and Nigeria in general.
While expressing his heartfelt condolences to the abducted students’ families, he assured them that serious efforts were being made to ensure the victims’ safe return.
“The vice-chancellor, who has since visited the area where the students were kidnapped, visited the Nasarawa Police command where he formally notified the commissioner of Police about the abduction of the students,” the statement added.
Prof. Rahman reportedly urged students to pay more attention to security-related matters and appealed to them to remain calm and go about their normal activities.
He hinted that additional measures have been put in place to guarantee adequate safety of lives and property within and outside the University.