By Amina Abdullahi Girbo
Bauchi State Police Command has pledged to arrest the killers of 500 level student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University ATBU late Joseph Agabaidu, who was stabbed to death by his assailants.
Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Musa Mohammed stated this recently when he received the leadership of the National Association of Bauchi State students (NUBAS) and the Student Union Government of ATBU who visited him in his office.
He assured that machinery had been put in place to arrest killers of a 500 level Geology student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi last Saturday.
The CP said efforts were being intensified to apprehend the culprits that perpetrated “the inhumane and dastardly act on the deceased and further assure that justice will be served unfailingly.”
The commissioner said that Agbaidu, was stabbed to death while trying to retrieve his girlfriend’s snatched handbag from robbers.
The gruesome murder of the 28 year old final year student led to wide protest by students that was quelled by the police and subsequent closure of the University by the management.
According to a press release issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Ahmed Wakil, stated that the student leaders’ visit was prompted by the incident which occurred on Saturday December 2, 2023.
He said some unknown persons, numbers not ascertained, snatched a handbag containing a mobile phone belonging to the girlfriend of the deceased, Philomena Ahobee, a student of Abubakar Tatari Polytechnic (ATAP) Bauchi.
“Her boyfriend Agbaidu Joseph, of Anguwan Ngas, Bauchi, who was a student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi, tried to help her to retrieve the handbag containing the phone.”
He said “The assailants stabbed him on the left-side of his chest with a sharp knife. “The victim was rushed to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Bauchi for treatment but was certified dead while on admission by a medical doctor.”
The police spokesman explained that while addressing the Commissioner of Police, the leadership of the students union kicked against the violent protest by some students of the university and applauded the swift response of police for curtailing the violent protesters.
Wakil stated that student leaders presented a letter of request to the Commissioner of Police soliciting more security presence around their communities, with the CP assuring them of the deployment of the intelligence and operational asset of the Command to the affected areas.
The PPRO said, the CP has ordered the posting of more personnel and patrol vans for constant visibility patrol in the area while efforts were being intensified to apprehend the culprits.