The management of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Bauchi State, on Tuesday, accused the students of vandalising the institution’s senate building and medical centre.
The university said the students vandalised the properties when they were protesting against the death of their four mates when a metal bridge collapsed on the university campus on August 5. Seven others were injured. reported that a metal bridge linking the student hostels and the lecture halls collapsed on August 5 at about 11.45pm following a downpour
Following the incident, the students went on a violent protest over the management’s refusal to fix the bridge before it collapsed despite several requests they had made.
The management immediately shut down the school for two weeks to avert the escalation of the protest.
Briefing journalists in his office at the Gubi Campus on Tuesday, the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Danjuma, said three cars and one motorcycle were smashed by the protesting students.
He said, “The students who went on the violent protest over the death of the three students smashed windows and doors of the senate building, solar street lights within the school were vandalised, some properties at the clinic were also destroyed. Doors and windows at the College of Medicine and Faculty of Education were also smashed.
“The windscreens of three cars were also smashed and one motorcycle was also affected. Ironically, one of the cars belongs to a student of the institution.
“The police arrested 10 students in connection with the incident but were released that same day following the intervention of the vice-chancellor.
Danjuma, however, said the clinic that was partly torched by the students during the protest was being fixed.
“They have been directed to give students medical attention and they are attending to the students,” he added.
The DVC said the management had directed that all the damaged cars and motorcycle be taken to the university’s mechanic workshop for repairs.
He said the management had made several efforts to improve the welfare of the students before the school was reopened last Monday.
“The management is in close contact with security agencies in the state to improve security of all members of staff, students and properties within the institution. Our security personnel are also being retrained to improve their capacity for optimal performance on the campus,” he stated.
Danjuma said the management also cordoned off the bridge collapse site and prohibited students from visiting the area.
The DVC informed that the seven-man committee set up by the management to investigate the incident had submitted its report, adding that “the management will look into its recommendations with a view to implementing them.