On Monday, police in Benue confirmed that gunmen kidnapped three students from the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi.
The University had previously confirmed the kidnappings in a statement.
Anene Sewuese, a police spokesperson in Markurdi, told journalists that the gunmen struck around 10:20 p.m. and kidnapped three students studying near a lecture theatre.
“We have received that information, we are on it and I know that we are very close,” she said.
“My advice is that the members of the public remain calm. We are doing our best to make sure that we get to the root of this and apprehend perpetrators of this crime.
“I assure the parents of these students that the police will do our best to get their children.”
The PRO who called on the parents to cooperate with the police, declined to comment on whether the gunmen had made contact with the school authorities or parents of the students to demand a ransom.
“That’s an information that is classified,” she said, adding that the police does not have to wait for contact to be established before taking action.
“As soon as we received that information, we deployed our teams. We are working both technically and physically; the school is aware we are working. So, we will continue to do our best.”
On the identities of the kidnapped students, she said, “the school is in a better place to disclose the identity of the students that were kidnapped. For now, they told us three students were kidnapped.”