Armed bandits on Thursday morning reportedly stormed the community hosting off-campus students of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, kidnapping two people.
Although the identities of the two victims were yet unknown as of the time of this report, reports identified them as students.
The armed bandits, who stormed the community in large numbers, also raided shops directly opposite the university gate and made away with valuables.
It was gathered from a source close to the area that the incident occurred at about 1am on Thursday when the gunmen stormed the area riding on motorcycles, firing warning shots into the air to scare the students.
The incident created panic among off-campus students as they ran for safety.
It was further gathered that the police and other security operatives were quickly mobilised to the scene and engaged the gunmen in a firefight, leading to two deaths among the invaders, while others escaped with their victims.
State Police Commissioner, Monday Bala Kuryas, confirmed the incident, saying that the kidnapped victims were shops owners.
Kuryas also confirmed that two of the gunmen were killed, adding that a team of security operatives had been dispatched to the area.
The police chief asked students and their lecturers to remain calm and go about their normal activity, saying the Force is “on top of the situation”.