The Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola (Mautech), Adamawa state – has been shut down indefinitely after a students’ riot broke out on Sunday. Students of the university were forced to vacate the campus after a student was killed and properties destroyed in the process.

According to media reports, the school confirmed one student had been killed after he was injured and was later taken to a hospital for treatment where he died.

Earlier reports said the crisis was caused by a student union government leadership tussle.

But the News Agency of Nigeria has quoted sources as denying that claim, saying instead the violence started following an alleged blasphemy of the Prophet Muhammad on WhatsApp coupled with the tension of the recent students’ union election.

The alleged blasphemy led to protests and calls for the school authority to take action.

A church was allegedly attacked, their music instruments were burnt and the worshippers scampered for safety.

Security personnel including DSS, police, and civil defence corps have been drafted to maintain vigilance in conjunction with the internal security apparatus of the University.

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