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Jos Unrest: Benue Evacuates Its Students


By Alabar Int’n Tersoo Clement

No fewer than 400 indigenes of Benue State studying at the University of Jos in Plateau State have been evacuated from the tertiary institution by the state government following the unrest in the Plateau state capital that prompted the imposition of curfew by Plateau state Government.

The students who were conveyed with about 25 buses arrived Makurdi about 12 midnight with heavy security personnel attached to them.

The Benue State Commissioner of Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar while receiving the students expressed appreciation to God for their safety and safe return to the State.

Prof. Ityavyar who described Governor Samuel Ortom as a responsive Governor, noted that the Governor places high premium on the safety of the Benue citizens while emphasizing that the Governor had called several times within the period of their journey to ascertain that the students were evacuated safely.

He assured the students that Governor Samuel Ortom led administration would continue to prioritize the safety of the citizens, irrespective of their religious and political creeds.

President of the National Union of Benue students (NUBESS), Comrade Harmony Ogah, said the students would ever remain grateful to the state government for always answering the distress calls of the students at all times.

The state government also made available monetary incentives to the students to aid their movement back to their various homes.

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