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Makurdi agric varsity shut down over students’ protests


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The University of Agriculture, Makurdi has been shut down following students’ protests over the death of their colleagues who were knocked down by a commercial bus, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

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Our correspondent, who visited the school on Wednesday, met students racing out of the premises to meet the deadline given them to vacate.

Rosemary Waku, the institution’s information officer, who spoke on the development, said that the measure became necessary to avert an escalation of the protests which could lead to the destruction of property.

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“The management reviewed the situation and resolved to close the school before the protest snowballs into something uncontrollable,” she told NAN.

She described the incident as “`regrettable”, but called for more restraint while the matter was being addressed.

Narrating how the accident happened, she said that a commercial vehicle conveying students to school had a burst tyre, veered off its lane and hit two students on a motorcycle.

The duo died on the spot.

Waku said that the school was about to commence the semester examinations when the unfortunate incident occurred.

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