Gunmen (file photo)
By Mohammed Usman
Gunmen have attacted the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State, and its surrounding communities, abducting two children in the process.
The attack on Thursday morning was coming a month after the abduction of two professors and four others at the University of Abuja.
The gunmen were however confronted by the local vigilante groups at Gidan-kwano, the university’s main campus, in a shoot-out, which began around 12:05am, and lasted for several hours.
Some students in the area confirmed the incident. They said the gunshots started in front of the school gate, along the Minna-Bida road around midnight.
While the shooting lasted, the students said that they could also hear shouts and callings for help by some of the shopowners in front of the main campus gate.
The school’s Student Union Government (SUG) President, Comrade Shuaib Isiaka Yahaya, confirmed the attack. He said no life was lost and none of the students was kidnapped.
Also, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Niger State Command, Wasiu A. Abiodun, confirmed the incident. The police however said that it was not armed bandits but suspected hoodlums.
He said, “At about 2330 hrs, some suspected hoodlums attacked a shop at Gidan-Kwano, opposite FUT, Minna main gate and abducted two children belonging to the shop owner.
“Police/ vigilante were immediately drafted to the scene of the attack for aggressive manhunt of the hoodlums and during stop-and-search, one of the suspects was intercepted and arrested at Barkuta village”.