24 March 2010

Nigeria: Jos Crisis - Varsity Student Killed, Worker Missing

The University of Jos lost a student during the January crisis in the state while a staff who was reported missing since the crisis was yet to be found.

Its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sonni Tyoden, who said this at a briefing, yesterday, also announced the postponement of the institution's 23rd convocation scheduled for this weekend. It now holds from April 22 to 23.

He said the postponement was necessitated by the current NYSC orientation camp which meant most of the graduating students might be unable to attend the convocation coupled with the current security situation in the state capital which he described as still dicey and unpredictable.

US to train police in handling disturbances

Aftermath of the recent mayhem in Jos, the United States of America said, yesterday, that it was ready to provide special training assistance to the Nigeria Police in the area of handling and tackling civil disturbances.

It will be recalled that in two attacks perpetrated by different groups in the Jos crisis in January and March, no fewer than 600 persons including women and children were killed while property worth millions of naira were destroyed.

Speaking on the disturbances when she visited the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, in Abuja, the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Robin Sander, said her government was ready to assist the Nigerian police in training its personnel in community policing and combat training with a view to containing civil disturbances as experienced in some parts of the country in recent times.

Ms. Sander added that the US was ready to provide equipment and logistics requirements as a way of supporting the force in combating crime in the country.

The Ambassador was accompanied by five members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom during the visit.

Responding, Onovo expressed the willingness of the police and the country to collaborate with the US government in any area of training aimed at building the capacity of the men with a view to enhance proactive policing.

Meanwhile, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Force Public Relations Officer, in Abuja, yesterday, said 377 persons were arrested in connection with the Jos crisis.

He said of the number, 162 suspects were being prosecuted for various offences.

Also, Mr. Francis Jamang, President, Berom Youth Movement, yesterday, said a national conference "to discuss the terms of our co-existence as a sovereign nation," was the way forward to stem recurring crisis in the state.

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