Soldiers “arrest” 16 students of UniJos, stop them from taking exams

Unijos school gate used to illustrate the story. (IPPIS)
Unijos school gate used to illustrate the story.

Members of the Special Taskforce on Jos crisis sector 2, located along Dogon Dutse, Jos North local government area of Plateau State, stormed the University of Jos night and arrested 16 students.

According to a student of the institution, Ogene Jude, who is also the National President of the Political Science Students Association, the affected students were picked at the hostels at about 2:00 a.m. early hours of Tuesday.

The student union leader said efforts to secure the release of the students from the security agents have not been fruitful, as the taskforce denied them access to their colleagues and refuse to inform them of the offence against the said students.

The media officer of the Special Taskforce, Ikedichi Iweha, said via telephone interview that he required more time to confirm the incident.

Subsequently, Mr. Iweha, an Army Captain, did not pick his calls when our reporter called back.

But a security officer who pleaded not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to journalists on the matter confirmed the arrest of the students.

He said the students were arrested and are being interrogated for their alleged involvement in cult related activities.

Three students of the university have been missing since about two weeks ago over allegations of cultism.

Mr. Jude said they have officially reported the matter to the Chief security officer of the university but nothing has been done to effect the release of the students.

He said the affected students, some final year students, missed the ongoing semester examinations.

When contacted, the university spokesperson, Abdullahi Abdullahi, said he was not yet aware of the incident but he will investigate.

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