The polytechnic management shut the school as the riot almost turned into a religious clash between two groups of students.
Several students of Adamawa State Polytechnic have reportedly been injured in an early morning clash which started on Thursday, March 22, 2018, between two groups of students.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the clash was caused by alleged mobile phone theft by a student who was allegedly lynched.
Friends of the victim decided to retaliate, leading to a fracas that almost turned into a religious clash before the intervention of security agents. When contacted, the Information Officer of the Polytechnic, Mr Albert Mathilah, confirmed the incident and said the institution would soon issue its position on the matter.
“Normalcy has been restored and things are going on normally in the school. We will soon issue a statement on the incident,” Mathilah said.
Also, the spokesman of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Suleiman Baba, said the corps had deployed its men when the crisis started around 2 a.m. “Things are under control. I am still waiting for the details before I can tell you what really happened or numbers of casualties,” Baba said.
Recall that Federal University of Technology, Yola was shut down in February following a clash between Muslim and Christian students. The riot which started on the evening of Sunday, February 4, 2018, was said to have been triggered by a blasphemous statement a Christian student, Dave Wanjez made on Whatsapp about prophet Muhammad. It was reported that he allegedly referred to prophet Muhammad in a WhatsApp message as a rapist. The riot that ensued led to the death of a student as Nigeria Senate ordered that the university to be shut down till further notice.