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Adamawa University Shut Down After Religious Clash

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Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola (MAUTECH), Adamawa State
Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola (MAUTECH), Adamawa State
Adamawa University Closed After Religious Clash

The management of Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola (MAUTECH), Adamawa State, has shut down the institution following two days of unrest between Muslim and Christian students which resulted in the death of a 200-level student studying Urban and Regional Planning, while two lectures halls were also burnt down.

The Dean of Students Affairs of the university, Dr. Lawal Haruna, announced the closure of the institution to journalists on Monday on the campus.

According to him, “We are directing the closure of the institution indefinitely with immediate effect pending investigation into the students’ riot on campus.”

Harana said the closure of the university was as a result of students unrest that occurred last Sunday night.

The Dean stated that the violent demonstration erupted in the institution when a Christian student name withheld, posted a blasphemous text on his Whatsapp domain castigating Mohammed which sparked demonstrations by Muslim students.

“A student posted a blasphemous statement about Prophet Mohammed on his Whatsapp group which sparked the demonstration.

“The student was traced through his posting, and this has sparked the riot.

“Three students who reside off the campus sustained injuries as a result of the fight which ensued between the two groups.

“We had a successful Student Union Government election. Even if there was misunderstanding at that time, I don’t believe the election has direct bearing with the incidence of yesterday.

“Unfortunately, some students in the night (Sunday) took the fight outside the campus and three sustained injuries and one died at the hospital this morning at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola,” he said.

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Manuel Chukwudi (@manuelchukwudi) holds a bachelors degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A lifetime bibliophile, ardent football and lawn tennis fan (doesn't get onto the pitch or court though), he blogs for Naija Gospel Radio.