- Professor Lawal Bilbis, the vice-chancellor of the Usmanu Dan Fodio University (UDUS), has clarified on the report that bandits attacked the institution on Sunday
- At a press conference on Tuesday, Professor Bilbis disclosed that what happened was a robbery attack as against what was being speculated on social media
- Bilbis then called on parents and the university community to remain calm, adding that there is no cause for alarm over the security of students at the institution
In a statement to clarify the incident on Tuesday, October 3, the university's management said the attack was a robbery case and not banditry as reported, Leadership reported.
UDUS VC clarifies report of bandits' attack on university
Professor Lawal Bilbis, the vice-chancellor of the institution, at a press conference at his office, said the speculation was contrary to what happened, adding that bandits did not attack the university.
Professor Bilbis then called on the university community and parents to remain calm, adding that there was no cause for alarm over the security of lives of the students of the institution.
The vice-chancellor tendered his appreciation to journalists for their on-the-spot assessment of the situation, adding that it would douse the ongoing tension that was being spread on social media.
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He said he was informed about the incident by the university security officials and that he had to visit the scene of the attack at about 11 pm of the same day. From his observation, what happened was a robbery case and not banditry.
The professor said:
“They took two cartons of Maltina drinks and eight phones of students which were being charged in some of the shops at the mart."
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According to locals in the community, the bandits came in the early hours of Friday and started shooting sporadically into the air.
However, six female students were reportedly rescued from the bandits later on the same Friday, and AK47 and other ammunition were recovered.