Lagos State Government has evacuated a three-week-old baby, the mother and undergraduate students of the state’s extraction studying at the University of Jos (UNIJOS), from Plateau.
The evacuation became necessary following recent attacks and killings in Jos and environs, following sectarian violence.
The first set of evacuees, comprising 64 UNIJOS students, the three-week-old-baby, and the mother, Manya Banfe, a 200-Level student, arrived in Lagos on Friday afternoon.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said the evacuation showed that the government had the capacity to respond to emergencies when they affected people of the state.
Mr Omotoso represented Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the reception of the evacuees,
He said that the exercise was in line with the government’s commitment to safety and security of indigenes and residents of the state.
Mr Omotoso added that welfare packages had been arranged for the students to return to their families safely, stressing that it was noteworthy that none of the Lagos State students died during the crisis and during the rescue operation.
He urged them to observe COVID-19 safety protocols and not to lose touch with their studies as they returned to Lagos.