By Ahmed Ahmed
The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi has been shut down for one week following students’ protest that erupted on Monday.
Mr Zailani Bappa, Director, Directorate of Information and Public Relations, announced the closure at a news conference in Bauchi, said that the school would be closed for one week.
According to him, the students’ protest followed the alleged murder of one Joseph Baidu, a 500 level student of Geology, outside the campus on Saturday night.
“We are closing down the school because students decided to hold a demonstration while the Police were still investigating the matter.
“The murder took place outside the campus and the record we have revealed that the student lived outside the university campus, in spite of the fact that he is a final year student.
“The duty of the university security is to report the issue to the Police for proper investigation and this is exactly what happened; so, the Police are currently investigating the issue.”
Bappa regretted that the students’ agitation caused a general disorder within the university community.
“With the closure of the school, the students have been directed to vacate all campuses immediately. Any student found on any of the campuses willi face the wrath of the law,” he said.
He restated management’s readiness to address and redress the act of brigandage, “especially if the student is actually found to have been murdered”.