One person has been reportedly killed, and an unspecified number of people have been kidnapped to an unknown destination following an attack on Gandu, a settlement near the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia).
Naija News learnt that the incident occurred late Monday night.
Gandu is home to both staff and students of FULafia due to its proximity to the university’s permanent site, resulting in a significant presence of university personnel and students in the area.
As of the time of filing this report, the identities of the attack victims remain unknown. To safeguard the lives and property of residents, security forces have been deployed to the area in response to the attack.
Meanwhile, one Abdulrahman Sani and Ibrahim Usman, both in their 20s, have been apprehended for illegal firearm possession on the Keffi-Nasarawa Road,
Naija News reports that the Nasarawa State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Peter Onche-Odaudu, confirmed this while speaking at a press conference in Lafia, the state capital.
According to Onche-Odaudu, officers from the Keffi Area Command of the agency were engaged in routine patrols on the Keffi-Nasarawa Road on October 28, 2023. It was during one of these patrols that they conducted a standard stop-and-search operation on a commercial vehicle, where they nabbed the duo on their way to Nasarawa-Toto.
They were discovered to have a locally made pistol and one cartridge, which were concealed in a black polythene bag.
According to Onche-Odaudu, the suspects claimed they had received the firearm from an individual named Sani in Tashan Yaro, in Katsina State, with instructions to deliver it to a certain Babangida in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
The suspects were told that upon delivery, they would be rewarded with N200,000, to be divided between themselves.
“They acknowledged that they were aware that the firearm in their possession is illegal,” Onche-Odaudu stated.
The NDLEA commander said the suspects would be transferred to the police for further investigation and appropriate legal action.
He further confirmed that at least four suspects have been transferred from NDLEA to the Nigerian Police Force due to the agency’s effective collaboration with other security agencies.