Plateau killings: UNIJOS shutdowns till further notice

uspends academic activities, shuts hostels

The management of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) has suspended all academic activities in the institution till further notice over the rising insecurity in Plateau state.
Monday Danjem, the registrar of the university, broke the news in a statement on Friday.

He said the decision to suspend academic activities and the shutdown hostels was arrived at the end of the meeting between management and the committee of deans, directors, and provost of the institution.

“The insecurity in Jos, which led to the imposition of dusk-to-dawn curfew has affected the academic activities and forced the university to suspend its second-semester examinations for the 2019/2020 academic session,” he said.

“Students of the university continued to experience attacks from hoodlums, a situation that has led to the death of some of our students.

“Consequently, the management of the university, after an emergency meeting with the committee of deans, directors and provost on Friday, ordered the suspension of all academic activities in the university until further notice.

“Management has also directed the closure of all student hostels until further notice.

“The decision, which is in best interest and for the safety of our students, is subject to ratification by the Senate of the University.”

The registrar said the students should vacate hostels and keep their heads safe until the security of the city is at peace.

He appealed to security agencies to beef up security at the various students’ locations to enable them to vacate to their destinations safely.

“Students are also advised to use safe means of transportation to their respective safer destinations,” he said.

“We wish to passionately appeal that a joint patrol team of armed soldiers and other law enforcement agencies should beef up security and ensure that students are adequately protected as they vacate their various hostels to safer destinations.”

He said that the management would give adequate notice of resumption when normalcy is fully restored in Jos and its environs.

It was earlier reported on August 15 how the varsity suspended its ongoing second-semester examinations for the 2019/2020 academic session.

This was after the 24-hour curfew imposed on Jos North by the state government to quell unrest after the killing of 22 travellers in the LGA last Saturday.

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