From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
The Police has confirmed the arrest of eight students of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai (IBBUL), Niger State who were suspected to have been terrorising students and carrying out various robbery attacks across hostels of the institution.
Parading the students yesterday at Police Headquarters in Minna, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state Police Command, DSP Mohammed Abubakar said that the suspects were nabbed after complaints from other students’ victims.
He explained that one of the suspects, Yakubu Isah have been identified by a victim as a prime suspect among the robbers that invaded his room on 22ndSeptember 2019
“On 22nd September 2019 at about 0630hrs one Hauwa Ibrahim and five others all of Jagaban lodge, students of IBB University Lapai reported at Divisional Police Headquarters that on the same date, at about 0230 hours some unknown hoodlums armed with dangerous weapons stormed their residence room after another attacked and inflicted them with of injuries and robbed them of their valuables and unspecified amount of money” he said.
He identified the arrested students to include; Ahmed Kamaldeen, mohammed Ahmed Hassan, Victor John Dizawo, Abdulraman Solomon Baje, Hassan Suleiman, Yakubu Isah Kopa, David Solomon and Umar Abdulkareem Sani.
DSP Abubakar said that the police discovered piles of weeds suspected to be India hemp in Yakubu Isah’s room at the time of his arrest adding that the suspect will soon be charged to court at the completion of investigation.
While speaking to reporters, Yakubu Isah, however, denied participating in any robbery operation but claimed ownership of the weeds suspected to be India hemp.
Isah who described himself as a 400 level student of the Department of Sociology of the university said that he has been training himself at the university by selling marijuana, adding that, “the victim said he identified me by my voice but this is false because I am not an armed robber and never participated in any robbery”.
Meanwhile, the management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai has expressed serious concern over the recent spate of violent attacks on students residing off-campus
The Registrar of the University, Mohammed Abdullahi said in a statement issued yesterday that management is working with security agencies to address this unfortunate situation.
“In this regard, an emergency security meeting was held between the University Management, security agencies and Students’ representatives. At the end of the meeting, a number of measures were taken to safeguard against future occurrences. Furthermore, an expanded meeting on security involving the University Management, Students’ representatives, Lapai Emirate Council, Local Government and other relevant stakeholders has been scheduled” he stated.