The Vice chancellor of the University of Jos, Sebastian Maimoko, escaped death when gunmen stormed his home on Wednesday, shooting dead a private security man and injuring a police officer and another private security guard.
Maimoko was said to be away when the incident happened.
A source said the injured private security man was whisked away and the rifle of the police officer seized.
A source said the vice chancellor, who assumed office in June, was out of the country at the time of the attack.
The spokesman for the university, Abdullahi Abdullahi, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview on Thursday morning, but said details would be released in an official statement by the university authority later.
A witness, Stephen Serki, said the incident took place at about 8:30pm on Wednesday.
Serki said: “A policeman was shot at the leg and his gun was taken away by the attackers.
“Two other security men of the university attached to the Vice Chancellor were also shot, one on the head, another on his chest.
“The one that was shot in the chest died on the spot, but the other survived.”
The police spokesperson for Plateau State, Terna Tyopev, said he had not been informed about the incident.
Meanwhile, a group known as the Movement for the Advancement and Protection of Unijos has called on security operatives to speedily investigate and fish out the culprits behind the attack on the VC’s residence.
The group in a statement signed by Comrade Daniel Tanko said that it is not comfortable with the attack coming after a first Class Monarch was recently murdered in the state.