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Nigerian students protest rampant attacks and abductions by bandits

The students of the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia) in Nasarawa State, Northcentral Nigeria, took to the streets on Thursday in protest over the increased bandit attacks and abductions.

The school’s hostels have witnessed invasion by bandits in recent times with scores of students ferried away to unknown destinations.

The latest attack on Wednesday night saw all but two of the occupants of an off-campus hostel abducted. The two students who escaped abduction hid in their ceilings, Ibrahim Ismaila, president of FULafia’s student union, told TheCable Lifestyle.

The students’ protest was to demand an end to the insecurity plaguing the university. The police, however, stormed the venue and fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.

The university’s public relations officer, Abubakar Ibrahim, told the press that the school authorities cannot ascertain the exact number of students abducted, but said they were “between three to five.”

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Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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