Absorb Plateau Students From UNIMAID, Senate Orders ABU, UniJos, ATBU

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Senator Representing Plateau North Senatorial District, Dr. Istifanus D. Gyang briefing Journalists on the recent killing and others security challenges bothering the state at NASS, Photo; BASHIR BELLO DOLLARS


By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja

Following the recent killing of some Plateau State indigenes by the Boko Haram insurgents, the Senate on  Wednesday directed the management of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, University of Jos and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi to absorb students of Plateau state origin studying in the University of Maiduguri.

This follows a motion under Senate Order 42 and 53 moved by Senator Istifanus Gyang (Plateau North) at the upper legislative chamber.

Senator Gyang said the move became necessary because of recent attacks against Plateau citizens by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The Senator also said that the lives of plateau indigenes are being threatened by the renewed Boko Haram attacks in the north east adding that the narrative is being changed in order to create religious and tribal discord amongst the people.

He also pointed out that six people of Plateau origins were either killed or  abducted recently by Boko Haram insurgents Noting that though no one is immune to Boko Haram attacks, the targeted killings and abductions of Plateau citizens was aimed at polarising Nigeria along religious divides. 

He also decried the renewed violent conflicts in Plateau which he said had claimed 27 lives.

The Senate thereafter resolved to condemn the attacks and urged the Nigerian security forces to secure lives and properties of Plateau citizens and other Nigerians.

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