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Plateau Crisis: Benue, Taraba Evacuate Students From Jos Varsity



Taraba State government said yesterday, that it has evacuated 383 students from the University of Jos, following renewed killings in the Plateau State capital, which has resulted in the death of a student. The special adviser to Governor Darius Ishaku on student affairs, Mr Samson Tor-Musa, disclosed this to newsmen in Jalingo.

Tor-Musa told journalists that the state government took the step following a distress call from the students of Taraba origin studying at the university.

He explained that the discovery of the car belonging to the missing retired army general in Jos, led to the escalation of tension in the university, leading to the death of a student.

“The pond where the car of the missing general was found is close to one of the university hostels, so there was tension following the discovery.

“The university has confirmed one student dead, but when we got to the school, we discovered that a prospective student from Takum local government area of Taraba was also killed in the incident.

“We were able to evaluate 383 out of 423 students from the state because some had left on their own before we got to Jos.”

Tor-Musa, who said the condition of the students was pathetic when they got to the school, added that the state government had since reunited the students with their families.

In the same vein, governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State yesterday, met with students of the University of Jos who were evacuated by the state government from the school on account of the security situation.

The governor sympathised with the institution and the Plateau State government and prayed that the situation would improve.

Governor Ortom stated that as a state which has experienced a similar situation, he appreciated the pain and anguish the people are going through.

He expressed his condolence to those who lost loved ones and urged the federal government to rise up to its responsibility of protecting lives and property.

According to him, all the law enforcement agencies and the provision of security belong to the federal government, thus they should not shy away from their responsibilities.

The governor suggested the establishment of state police to help tackle the security challenges in the states.

He said the security agencies lack adequate personnel and equipment because providing for security is expensive.

The governor stressed that the Ranching Law has come to stay and hundreds who have violated it have been arrested and prosecuted with several of them who could not pay fines serving prison terms.



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