The management of the Federal University of Technology, Yola, has been ordered to vacate the school premises after a student was killed in a students’ riot on Sunday.
The closure is indefinite, even as students were allowed two hours to vacate the campus.
The decision came after Senate’s emergency meeting on Monday, after confirming that one student was killed.
According to reports, the crisis was caused by a student union government leadership tussle but the News Agency of Nigeria has quoted sources as denying that claim, saying instead the violence started following an alleged blasphemy of the Prophet Muhammad on WhatsApp.
However, before the latest crisis, there had been growing tension in the institution, following a recent students’ union election that polarised the students along religious lines.
The alleged blasphemy led to protests and calls for the school authority to take action, a student, Sadik Musa, said.
The school management did not immediately confirm or deny the cause of the crisis.
But the dean of students affairs, Haruna Lawal, said students were asked to hurriedly leave the school while security had been beefed up.
Mr. Lawal said the first semester examination scheduled to begin today (Monday) had been suspended.
‘’We have now shut the university in order to ensure the restoration of sanity following what happened late night,” he said.
‘’Security personnel including DSS,police, and civil defence corps have been drafted to maintain vigilance in conjunction with the internal security apparatus of the university.
‘’The students have been given notice to leave the university premises before 2:00pm today.”
He described how a student died.
“In the wake of the crisis, some students leaving in Sangere village that houses majority of the students, engaged in fisticuffs with the residents of the area during which one of the student was injured.
“The injured student was later taken to the university clinic for treatment and later transferred to a nearby hospital FMC in Yola, where he gave the ghost.”