ATBU sends students home after fatal bridge collapse


The management of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) on Tuesday issued a notice for students to vacate the campus after a flood disaster which led to the collapse of a pedestrian bridge, killing four students. Students are asked to vacate the school premises immediately.

The notice was indicated in a circular signed by the registrar of the institution, A.G Hassan and pasted around the campus. “Following the unfortunate incident (a flood disaster) of Monday, August 5, the Senate at an emergency meeting held on Tuesday, August 6 approved a break with effect from Tuesday, August 6 to August 18, 2019. “All students are, therefore, required to vacate the campuses with immediate effect from today, August 6, 2019. It should be noted that academic activities with effect from Monday, August 19, 2019,” the circular reads in part.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Abdulazeez Ahmed thereby commiserates with parents, SUG, students and the University community over the sad event and prays that the almighty God will protect the University from any unforeseen circumstances. The school was thrown into the mourning after an accident on Monday midnight where a pedestrian bridge collapsed at the Gubi Campus.

Four students were killed and eight others injured after the bridge collapsed. The bridge which links one of the hostels and another building containing lecture rooms collapsed at midnight, following a heavy downpour.


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