Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo
Following the escalation of insecurity in Wukari, Prof Abubakar Kundiri, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Wukari on Wednesday approved the suspension of academic activities and closure of the institution following alleged abduction and killing of some students and staff of the institution due to the Jukun/ Tiv ethnic crisis.
In a circular issued early Wednesday morning and signed by the registrar of the university Alh Magaji Gangumi, Kundiri said that the suspension became imperative following protest by students over the incident.
“The vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Wukari has approved the suspension of lectures and closure of the institution till further notice.
“This follows the protest by students over the kidnapping of their mates along Wukari -Katsina Ala high way on Tuesday.
“Students are directed to vacate the hostels and the university premises by or before 12:noon on Wednesday,” it stated.
Some of the students who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said that the Security of students in the school could no longer be guaranteed as Jukun Militias take advantage of every opportunity to attack both students and staff of the university who are of Tiv extraction.
Three persons killed are identified as Tsav Mark, Msughter Vihior Emmanuel and another student.
Our correspondent reports that the ongoing hostilities between the Tiv and Jukuns has continued to deteriorate despite peace effort with constant killings of travelers by tribal militias and yesterday’s attack in Takum that claimed over twenty lives.