It is getting scarier in Jos, Plateau State.

No fewer than seven people, including a student, have been reported killed in some communities in the city of Jos, in a renewed onslaught on residents by hoodlums in the town.

Punch reports that the hoodlums, who also attacked the students’ Village Hostel, University of Jos, were reportedly repelled by the students who fought back.

Security operatives were reported to have intervened in the crisis, during which a 300-level Law student, Kums Shadrach, was shot dead.

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Two other undergraduates of the institution, who reportedly sustained injuries, were said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The Public Relations Officer of the Students Union Government, Kelvin Kwalmi, alleged that it was soldiers who killed Shadrach.

He said, “The whole thing started last Friday when some hoodlums tried to invade Village Hostel. The students mobilised and repelled them.

“Yesterday (Sunday), they tried to come in again and the students tried to protect themselves. The soldiers later came and opened fire. Stray bullets hit our students. The soldiers came in a Hilux truck and threw tear gas canisters at us before opening fire. We had to run back. A student, who was hit in the head, died on the spot.”

He noted that there had been attacks on some residents on Rukuba Road, with many people killed.

Kwalmi said the killings later escalated to Gadaji, Dutse Ukwu, Inner Junction, Angwan Rukuba areas, adding that it was the fight that spilled into the students’ hostel.

The UNIJOS Principal Assistant Registrar, Information and Publications, Abdullahi Abdullahi, in a statement on Monday, said situation on the campus was still tense, urging members of the university community to exercise caution.

He noted that while one person had been confirmed dead and two injured, one student was still missing.