Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday ordered the evacuation of indigenes of Benue State studying in the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Jos, Plateau State.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the Government House, Makurdi.
He said the directive was informed by the killing of an indigene of Benue State, a 200 Level student in the Faculty of Law, University of Jos (UNIJOS), during the ongoing mayhem in Jos.
According to him, two others were injured while one has been declared missing.
Ityavyar, who expressed concern of government about the crisis, said Ortom’s administration was keenly following development in Jos.
The commissioner also disclosed that government had contacted the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sebastian Seddi Maimako, on the security situation and the readiness of government to evacuate students from Benue State studying in UNIJOS.
He said: “Arrangement to evacuate the students has been concluded. The state was only waiting to hear from the management of the school which is studying the security situation in Jos, with a view of closing down the school if the security situation did not improve by the end of yesterday.
“We shall go in immediately as a proactive measure to save the students from falling victims to the violence in Jos.”
Ityavyar reiterated the commitment of the Ortom administration to the security of Benue State indigenes irrespective of where they reside.
The President of the National Union of Benue State Students (NUBESS), UNIJOS chapter, Kenneth Umajor, who the spoke on phone, commended the Benue State government for the decision to evacuate the students.
He confirmed effort to evacuate the students, saying it was a relief to the students who had been living in fear since the outbreak of the violence.