The Federal University of Lafia (FULafia) is facing security challenges after unidentified gunmen reportedly invaded off-campus student apartments in Gandu, adjacent to the university’s permanent base in Nasarawa State. .
The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving students horrified and prompting calls for increased safety measures.
The gunmen targeted around three lodges and robbed students of valuables including cash, phones, laptops and other items.
Victims who confirmed the incident expressed concern about the increase in crime in Gandu district, where many students and university staff live.
Isa, one of the victims, stressed the need to strengthen security in Gandu and other nearby areas, saying crime is on the rise in the area, putting students and other residents at risk of kidnapping and armed robbery. He said that it has been done.
Another victim, Naomi, described how the attackers broke into her room at around 3am and took her phone and other belongings.
Following the growing security concerns surrounding higher education institutions in the state, security agencies have announced plans to introduce ‘stop and search’ points across higher education institutions in the state, DAILY POST reports.
The decision was taken at an expanded security meeting held at the Government House in Lafia where stakeholders discussed strategies to combat the growing menace of banditry and kidnapping in Nasarawa State.
The introduction of ‘stop and search’ points is expected to increase security checks in and around educational institutions and deter criminal activity.