Unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Wednesday invaded a celebration party organised by some students of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, killing one person and abducting two others.
Speaking on Thursday, a source said the incident occurred at 11 pm, adding that three persons were also injured.
“Unknown gunmen have attacked Futminna Off-Campus area (Gidan Kawano).
“The attack happened at the off-campus section of the institution where students were celebrating at an after-party following the school’s matriculation organised by the Director of Socials, Students’ Union Government (SUG).
“One student was attacked with a cutlass, he died this morning and three other people have been shot and they kidnapped two of the store people.
“The gunmen came in around 11 pm so yesterday we had our matriculation, there was a party going on at night to welcome the new students. The gunmen came and started shooting. They came from the bushes around and they also escaped through the bush,” the source said.
It was learnt that said security operatives, comprising the police, local vigilantes and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) are already assessing the situation.
“The gunmen kidnapped the son and daughter of a shop owner, a very big trading store in front of the school. The student that was killed was a barber and I learnt that he went to pee, so the gunmen saw him and attacked him with a machete but he didn’t die immediately. He was rushed to the hospital but died this morning.
“The police came, DSS and the local vigilantes, are assessing the scene of the incident
“This event has created fear in many students minds, they had to stop the party because of that attack,” the source said.
The Niger Police Command had yet to issue a statement on the development as of the time of filing this report.