The management of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University’s Yelwa Campus in Bauchi has shut down the institution following protests by students over the killing of Joseph Agabaidu, a final-year Geology student of the institution, during a robbery attempt.
Recall that the student was heading to his residence at Yelwan Tudu, which is about one kilometre from the school gate when a robbery gang stabbed him in an attempt to steal his phone.
Meanwhile, some hours after a protest by the varsity students, a circular signed by the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Haj. Fatima Inuwa Abdullahi, the management, announced the approval of the university’s closure for an ‘initial period of one week from Monday, December 4, to Sunday, December 10.
According to the circular, the objective is to prevent a breakdown of law and order while alleging that hoodlums hijacked the protest.
The circular reads: “As you may recall, there was an alleged murder of Joseph Aga Baidu, a 500-level student of Applied Geology recently at Yelwa Kagadama, which made some miscreants embark on protests around Yelwa Campus, consequently disrupting the peace.
“In view of the above, the Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the Senate, has approved the closure of the university for an initial period of one week with effect from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th December, 2023.
”Therefore, I am directed to request all undergraduate students on both campuses to vacate the university premises with immediate effect, as failure to comply may lead to appropriate sanction by the constituted authority.”