An attempt to break into a major hostel by suspected herdsmen at the University of Jos has left at least one student dead.
Shedrach Kums, a 300-level law student, was amongst the students trying to beat back the attackers at the gate of Village Hostel when he was fatally shot.
Three others, comprising a student and two villagers near the school, were critically injured and are receiving treatment at the hospital.
Police commissioner, Undie Adie, denied the knowledge of the attack.
Mr Pantu demanded an immediate response from both the police and school authorities against similar incidents in the future,
Mr Pantu said: “It was around 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday that some Fulani herdsmen tried to invade the Village Hostel, where male, female and some physically challenged students live,” Mr Pantu said. “The students quickly mobilised towards the gates to prevent them from coming in.”
Mr Pantu said he immediately alerted the school authorities, who said they would call the police and other security agencies to prevent killing.
“But two hours after I called, the police or any other security agencies have not arrived at the scene, but the students have managed to respond and push the herdsmen back,” he said. “Unfortunately, we lost Shedrach Kums, even though he was amongst those who responded to the attack and tried to keep other students safe.”
The remains of Mr Kums, which had circulated on social media, has been evacuated for burial by his parents.
Together with Benue and Taraba, Plateau is amongst the states in central Nigeria that have witnessed deadly attacks by suspected herdsmen. Over 2,000 deaths linked to suspected herdsmen have been recorded across the region this year alone.
Some of the deaths have come through reprisal attacks between traditional dwellers and herdsmen seeking to graze their cattle in the state’s lush vegetation.