Atim Emmanuel, a 23-year-old student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) 300 level, was taken into custody by Bauchi police officers while in possession of a pistol and cartridge.
According to Gistlover, the ATBU Senate issued an order for the immediate closure of the university in response to a student protest after a suspected armed robber fatally stabbed a level 500 geology student earlier this month.
Protesting students at the university's two campuses, Yelwa and Gubi, were prevented by immediate security actions from blocking major roads and potentially causing public unrest.
In a statement to the media in Bauchi, SP Ahmed Muhammed Wakil, the spokesperson of the Bauchi Police Command, confirmed the arrest.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed that he was given the firearm by one Zadog, who rented it to him for two academic semesters at the rate of N12,000.
“He further stated that he acquired the firearm for his protection and safety from criminals.
“The Bauchi State Commissioner of Police has ordered the suspect to be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for a discreet investigation to unravel more circumstances behind his motives for acquiring the firearm and to determine whether he has anyone with it killed, after which he will be charged in court upon completion of the discreet investigation,” the statement said in parts.
In an effort to prevent their children and wards from being used as cannon fodder in disrupting the relative peace and tranquility prevailing in the state, parents, guardians and leaders with varying degrees of authority were urged by Police Commissioner Auwal Musa to exert influence practice on their children and wards.