By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO – The authority of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil has closed down the institution following a violent students protest last Wednesday.
In a circular signed by the acting Registrar of the school, Aminu Muhammad Bello, said “the university Senate declared Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of May, 2018 as lecture free days in respect of Faruq Abubak who drowned in River Wudil yesterday.
According to the circular “furthermore, the mid-semester break begins on Monday, 7th May to Friday 18th May, 2018. Students are expected to quietly vacate the campus before closing hours of today Thursday, May 3, 2018”.
Vanguard learned that the unfortunate incident was triggered by failure of local divers, and the school authority to rescue their colleagues either dead or alive in good time.
An eyewitness, Idi Ali told Vanguard that “local divers withdrew after about two hours search into the River at night because of their own safety too, but the students failed to see reasons and the next thing, they went violence destroyed property”.
In the ensuing melee, the angry students vandalized property in the university clinic and Central Research Laboratory, as no fewer than eight vehicles including oxygen compacted Ambulance, staff Cars, Computer sets were destroyed.
Commenting on the incident at a press briefing, the Vice Chancellor Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa said “the body of one of the victims, Faruq Abubak, a 300 level Biology Education student is still missing, after two of the victims recovered alive. ”
Professor Shehu disclosed that the three victims ignored early warning by security agents and scale perennial fencing build along the River bank to prevent access to the River.
According to VC ” It was on Wednesday evening when three of our students went for swimming to have fun at the Wudil River after ignoring early warning. Students are being warned from going close to the River. Apart from that, the university build perennial fence along the River because the university share boundary with the River.
Professor Shehu said ” unfortunately, these students ignored the precautions and went for fun. They lost control midway into the River and drown. We were able to rescue two of them alive and the third person still missing.”