There was palpable tension at the Yelwa Campus of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State, on Monday, as students went on a rampage to express their anger over the alleged assault on the Chairperson of the Academic Staff Union of the University, Dr Ibrahim Inuwa, by some military men, the Punch reports.

It was learnt that the incident occurred when some military men in a convoy of two vehicles drove into the campus but were stopped by the university’s security and prevented from going inside because their vehicles had tinted glasses.

It was also learnt that while the security personnel were still dragging with the military men, the ASUU Chairperson got to the gate and sought to inquire what was happening. This led to the soldiers allegedly assaulting him with slaps.

When newsmen visited the campus at 10:15 pm on Monday, scores of students were seen shouting and insisting that the five soldiers, who were taken to the institution’s security office be released to them so they could avenge what was done to the ASUU chair.

The two major gates leading to the campus were closed down and blocked by the students as they denied cars access into the school, while those going out had to also turn back.

At the security office where the soldiers were taken, the students tried to force themselves inside, but they were prevented by the school’s security, popularly called “Baba Blue.”

Narrating the incident at the security office, Inuwa said he was on his way home when he saw the soldiers harassing the security man on duty at the gate.


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