Published On: Fri, Mar 9th, 2018

Adamawa Shuts Varsity, Poly, Others Over Fear Of Boko Haram Attack

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YOLA/By Tom Garba – The Adamawa State University located in Mubi, Adamawa state has been closed by the authorities of the institutions following fears of an imminent attack on the town by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The State government also announced the closing down of the Federal polytechnic and the College of Health technology, all located in Mubi town, hurriedly on Wednesday to protect the students and staff of the institutions from falling victims of the insurgency.

The decisions to close the schools was taken following threats from the Boko Haram insurgents that they would attack the town soon.

A source within the Adamawa state University Mubi, disclosed that the closure became imminent “when some unidentified persons surface in the town last week and began to recruit youngsters enticing them with Dollars.”

The source revealed that it was the same pattern the insurgents used before the invasion of the town in 2014 with enormous casualties.

The source disclosed that even now the insurgents have written of the imminent attack and they always keep to their threats.

On Wednesday, the Mubi Emirate council headed by the Emir, Abubabkar Isa Ahmadu. directed all village and district heads to report to the security agencies unknown faces in their domain.

The closure of these three institutions is coming on the heels of the closure of the Moddibo Adams University of Technology, Mautech, Yola, two weeks ago after a bloody student riot in which two students reportedly lost their lives.

Meanwhile, business activities is gradually grinding to a halt in a town once known for flourishing commercial activities, as banks began skeletal operations. A bank staff in one of the new generation banks, John Musa, however said “we will remain to process the students’ movement out of the town, then we reassess the situation.”

However, the management of the Federal Polytechnic Mubi in Adamawa on Thursday assured the public that the security situation in the institution was stable.

Deputy Rector (Academic), David Gbenyi, gave the assurance on Thursday in a phone interview with our correspondent, while reacting to the rumor over security threat to Mubi.

Dr. Gbenyi, who spoke in the absence of the Rector, Sadiq Yahya said that though the institution did not receive any threat of attack from any quarter.

He said that normal academic activities were going on in the campus, adding that there was no panic in the institution.

“When we heard the rumor over Boko Haram threat to attack Mubi, the management hurriedly summoned our internal security stakeholders and they confirmed to us that all we heard was a rumor.

“We again reached out to the security agencies within Mubi and still got the assurances that all is well.

“So our situation is very stable and we are well secured as our robust partnership with security agencies is always yielding good results.

“Normal academic activities are going on and we assure the public that no security threat to Mubi in general and the Federal polytechnic in particular,” Mr. Gbenyi said

It would be recalled that a rumor broke out over Boko Haram imminent attack on Mubi community creating public panic within Mubi and its environs.

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