Following the recent attack and molestation of her students at Ndar Village, Plateau State University Management has again unveiled arrangements to beef up security within and around the university neighborhood. Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Yohana Daniel Izam and the new STF commander in Bokkos, Major T.T.Kaave disclose this at a security meeting held with student leaders of the University in the Senate Chambers of the University.
The security meeting was occasioned by last Sunday’s abduction of three female students, Phoebe Musa, Simi Choji and Janet Zinglat who were later rescued; and the shooting on the arm of a male student, Stephen Chuwang Dazang.
Professor Izam said as custodians of the students, the University feels deeply agrieved that such incidents inflict traumatic disorders and toxic stress among staff and students; and also inimical to the progress of academic activities which just resumed after the COVID 19 pandemic and the recent strike embarked upon by staff of the University.
He noted that the problem of insecurity nationwide has become a cankerworm and a recurring decimal ochestrated by faceless enemies of the society who seemed bent on undermining the education sector; while assuring that
the incident is being investigated by security agencies with a view to apprehending the perpetrators.
As part of the security measures unveiled by the University Management, the Vice Chancellor pledged in the next two weeks to install a 33kv transformer off Campus while strategic water intervention will be undertaken off campus through the provision of two boreholes in Ndar and Diram off campus communities.
He said other intervention measures including reactivation of the vigilante system will be worked out by the University – Community Relations Committee and cautioned the students to curtail night life due to the infiltration of the University neighborhood by miscreants who hide under the cover of darkness to perpetuate various forms of criminality.
Also during the meeting, the new STF Commander for Bokkos,Major T.T Kaave said additional men and materials will be deployed to not only police but take out intruders and criminals who attempt attacking the University community.
Registrar of the University, Mr. Amos Mallo urged the students to prioritize their security and safety rather than indulge in pleasure and leisure.
Dean Students Affairs Jacob Nangbes while commending some of the students for maintaining decorum during their demonstration cautioned those who were unruly to avoid such behaviours. He informed the meeting that a 100 level student of Mathematics by name Emmanuel Israel who felled off a moving vehicle during the protest lost his life eventually.
The Vice Chancellor thanked the Visitor of the University ,His Excellency Governor Simon Lalong, for promptly directing the take off of the police outpost near the university. He equally, appreciated the Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area who promised to shoulder the responsibility of providing poles for the electrificatoon of some parts of the University host Community while promising to declare a state of emergency on security in the area.
Participants at the meeting included Comrades Izang Ephraim and Andrew Wang who led other members of the students parliament to
appeal to the University Management and STF to fast track implementation of the new security initiatives. The meeting ended with prayers for the University and peaceful repose of the soul of late Emmanuel Israel.
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