The Sokoto State Government on Thursday, May 12, confirmed the death of a student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE) Sokoto; ordering the closure of the institution indefinitely.
The student unrest was caused by an alleged blasphemy made by the deceased student against Islamic religion through a social media group.
The students, in mob outrage, traced the female student; and killed her as well as burnt the corpse at the school security gate after overpowering the school security.
Addressing a news conference, the Sokoto Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Isa Bajini-Galadunci, confirmed the student’s death; and said the state government had ordered immediate closure of the school.
Bajini-Galadunci said Gov. Aminu Tambuwal had directed the Ministry of Higher Education; and other relevant agencies to commence an investigation into the incident and report back to the state government.
The Commissioner said the Sokoto Government urged citizens to remain calm and law-abiding, also assuring them that appropriate action would be taken after the investigation.
Combined security operatives were deployed to the college as students were seen evacuating the campus.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has again appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to consider the plight of students and call off the ongoing strike.
The president also urged students in Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions to exercise patience; as the government strives to address the nagging issues in the nation’s university system within the available resources
Buhari made the appeal on Thursday in Abuja at the 19th National Productivity Day; and the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPOM) on 48 eminent Nigerians; and organisations in both the public and private sectors; for their high productivity, hardwork, and excellence.
The president recalled that he had earlier directed the Chief of Staff, Ministers of Labour and Employment; Education; and Finance, Budget, and National Planning to immediately bring all parties to the negotiation table to again critically look at the grey areas in the demands of ASUU; as well as other university-based labour unions.