Eight students from the Federal University of Lafia in Nasarawa State, who were previously abducted by criminals, have now been freed. The incident occurred on the night of December 6, 2023, when armed individuals raided the Gandu community and abducted students residing off-campus, as reported by Daily Trust.
Confirming the students’ release, Mr. Spencer Jerry, a community leader in the Keana Local Government Area, mentioned that the students arrived in Kwarra village at approximately 8 pm on Sunday. He noted that the police, specifically the anti-kidnapping unit, had escorted the students to Lafia, where the community provided them with food before their departure. The students, appearing pale and exhausted, were subsequently taken to the school medical center for checkups.
Abdullahi Mohammed, the District Head of Gandu community, also confirmed the students’ release and disclosed that they had been relocated to the school’s medical center for further examination. Mohammed appealed to the state government to take action against those responsible for the unrest in the university community and the state.
However, when contacted, DSP Rahman Nansel, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, stated that the command was not informed about the students’ abduction and release. He mentioned that no report had been received regarding the incident.
Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim, the Head of Information and Public Relations at the university, confirmed the release of the students. He revealed that the students were freed around 8 pm on Sunday, and after medical examinations and counseling, they were reunited with their families. Ibrahim assured that the university, in collaboration with the state government, would enhance security measures in and around the campus to prevent a recurrence of such incidents.