The Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA), in Katsina State has suspended six students over the alleged murder of a 200-level student of the institution.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Malam Habib Aminu-Umar, the spokesperson of the university and made available to newsmen in Katsina on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the State Police Command had earlier announced the arrest of six students of the university in connection to the death of Abubakar Nasir-Barda, a 200 level-student.
“The management of the University on behalf of its Senate, staff and students is deeply saddened, concerned and highly regrets the unfortunate incident involving some of its students.
“It led to the sudden death of a 200-level Computer Science and Information Technology student, from an unfortunate altercation over a female student.
“The University Management has been up and doing since the occurrence of the unfortunate incident to ensure justice is served to all.
“The management upon getting wind of the incident swiftly constituted an Interim ad-hoc committee to look into the case and feed management on development as they unfold,” he said.
According to him, a preliminary report submitted to the management on September 30, by the committee revealed that the unfortunate incident occurred outside the university’s campus.
“But upon receipt of information, the university’s security were quickly mobilised to the scene for prompt intervention that halted further altercation between the students and apprehension of some students involved.
“The matter has already been taken over by Police, which led to the arrest of six students that are in connection with the incident as confirmed by the Police official press statement,” Aminu-Umar said.
According to him, the ad-hoc committee’s interim report had equally recommended the University Management to invoke session 5.5(a) Of the University Academic Policy by suspending all the six students involved in the matter pending the outcome of the police investigation.
“Which the management has approved by suspending indefinitely all the six students involved,” the university’s spokesperson revealed.
He said that while the police investigation was ongoing, the university management was assuring the public, particularly the university community, that no stone shall be left unturned in ensuring justice was served.
Aminu-Umar further disclosed that the university management prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in Niger State, Most Rev. Dr. Bulus Dauwa Yohana, has advocated for the need for Nigerians to reflect more on the unity of the country than what divides us as a nation.
Addressing the congregation at a church service to mark Nigeria's 63rd Independence Anniversary, held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in Minna, he noted that the independence day celebration should have a deeper and sober reflection on what the nation has gone through in the past decades.
He stated that Nigerians should remain supportive as individuals and collectively towards nation-building in order to move the country forward, to propagate unity regardless of our political, religious, and ethnic divides, and to rally around our Governor, Umar Mohammed Bago, who has so far shown commitment and resilience to revamp our beloved state.
He called on the governor to remain resolute in ensuring that the people of the state experience unprecedented transformation, particularly in the area of security of lives and property, and also expand the state's economy through strategic partnerships in order to curb the activities of criminals in the state.
While congratulating the citizens, the CAN chairman prayed to the Almighty God to continue to keep "us as one indivisible entity where peace, justice, equity, and fairness will take centre stage."
According to the chairman, despite all the challenges, we have all reasons to thank God for his mercy and kindness to us as a people, adding that "we gathered here today because of our dear country".
Rev. Bulus observed that as Christians, they must live in submission to the human authorities in government, stressing that every government has been established by God for His own purposes.