In a welcome development, five out of the seven students of the University of Jos who were kidnapped by suspected gunmen have been freed after enduring two days in captivity. The incident occurred at around 1:00 am when the students, residing near the former Nigerian School of Accountancy along Bauchi Ring Road in Jos North local government, were engrossed in their ongoing second-semester examination.
The Plateau State Commissioner of Police confirmed the release of the victims in a statement, noting that efforts are underway to rescue the last remaining victim. The police force has been diligently working towards their swift recovery.
According to the statement, “Today, the Plateau State Command is pleased to announce to the general public that five of the victims who were kidnapped on 13/06/2023 have regained their freedom. The command took immediate action upon receiving the report and collaborated closely with the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, the victims’ families, and the community to secure their release.”
The statement further revealed that one of the victims managed to escape from the kidnappers’ den, leaving only one victim still in captivity. This development brings the total number of rescued victims to six.
The Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew N. Onyeka, has given strict orders to the Area Commander Metro and the DPO Nasarawa Gwong to intensify their efforts in ensuring the safe rescue of the last victim. Additionally, he emphasized the importance of apprehending the perpetrators behind this heinous act and bringing them to justice.
The Commissioner of Police reassured the people of Plateau State of his unwavering commitment to maintaining peace and safeguarding lives and properties within the state. He urged residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or individuals promptly. The provision of useful, timely, and accurate information is crucial in the ongoing fight against crime and criminality in the state.