Gunmen attack Plateau University, kidnap female student

Gate leading into the premises of University of Jos (UNIJOS), Plateau state
Emeh Joy

Unidentified gunmen were reported to have raided the house of one Helen, a 300-level female student at the University of Jos, Plateau, after which they kidnapped her.

The young undergraduate of Zoology was reportedly kidnapped by the gunmen who attacked the staff quarters of the Federal College of Land Resources Technology in the State on Tuesday.

An eyewitness who narrated the incident to news reporters on Wednesday said the student and her family members were about going to bed when the hoodlums stormed their houses at the staff quarters located at Kuru community, Jos South Local Government Area at around 8:30 pm.

The eyewitness who doesn't want her name disclosed said the gunmen forcefully gained entry into the house. They beat Helen's mother, who is an administrative staff of the college, after which they abducted her daughter.

The eyewitness said, "We were in our house around 8:30 pm when a voice from outside asked us to open the door. Five of us were in the house, including my mother and my sister (Helen).

"My mother demanded to know who was at the door, but the voice insisted that we must open the door. They started shooting, and before we knew it, they entered our house after using a heavy stone to forcefully open the door. They collected our cell phones and threatened to kill all us if we make any move".

"They asked my mother who my sister is to her and she said, "she is my daughter". The gunmen then said they would go with her. They also left a message that they won't release Helen until a ransom was paid.

The spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Ubah Ogaba could not be reached at the time to speak on the matter. However, some sources at the command headquarters in Jos said police and other security agents had visited the staff quarters and had commenced an investigation into the incident.

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