- Seven people were reportedly killed as hoodlums attacked communities in Jos
- One of the victims of the attack was allegedly a 300-level student of UniJos
- The hoodlums believed to be from neighbouring town reportedly attacked a school hostel
No less than seven persons, including a 300-level law student of the University of Jos, were reportedly killed during the ongoing crises in some communities in Jos.
The hoodlums reportedly attacked Village Hostel, a hostel of the University of Jos, where a student, Kums Shadrach, was killed during the onslaught.
Punch reports that the public relations officer of the Students Union Government, Kelvin Kwalmi, said soldiers killed Shadrach.
He said: “The whole thing started last Friday when some hoodlums tried to invade Village Hostel. The students mobilised and repelled them.
“Yesterday (Sunday), they tried to come in again and the students tried to protect themselves. The soldiers later came and opened fire. Stray bullets hit our students. The soldiers came in a Hilux truck and threw tear gas canisters at us before opening fire. We had to run back. A student, who was hit in the head, died on the spot."
Kwalmi said the killings later escalated to Gadaji, Dutse Ukwu, Inner Junction, Angwan Rukuba areas, adding that it was the fight that spilled into the students’ hostel.
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The UniJos Alumni public relations officer, Adoration Dashit, said: “The town has been polarised; there are areas dominated by Christians and there are areas dominated by Muslims. Even the university community is surrounded by a Muslim community. The Village Hostel, which is one of our hostels, is close to Fariganda Market, which is surrounded by three hotspots. So, you can understand how it got to the hostel.
“The students claimed that the miscreants shot at them and attempted to break into the hostel and it was in the process that one person was killed. Those who fired the shots were said to be in military uniform, but it is possible for the hoodlums to also wear military uniforms.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that the University of Jos (UniJos) management comfirmed one student killed in the recent skirmishes that rocked the city of Jos.
A statement by Abdullahi Abdullahi, principal assistant registrar, Information and Publications, said that one student was missing while two others were injured.
The university management said that the clarification became necessary following series of unverified information being circulated, especially on the social media about the casualty figures.
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