- The disagreement arose when Nasir-Barda clashed with eight of his peers regarding a romantic relationship matter involving a female student from the same university
At the Federal University Dutsinma in Katsina state, a 21-year-old student lost his life following a dispute with fellow students.
In an official statement released on Saturday, Aliyu Abubakar-Sadiq, the police spokesperson in Katsina, confirmed the distressing event. The victim, identified as Abubakar Nasir-Barda, was a 200-level student at the university.
The disagreement arose when Nasir-Barda clashed with eight of his peers regarding a romantic relationship matter involving a female student from the same university.
Tragically, the altercation escalated, leading to the untimely demise of the student. Abubakar-Sadiq emphasized that the motive behind the murder did not involve religious differences, contrary to some claims.
The police spokesperson further informed that the command had taken six students into custody in connection with this incident.
“On Sept. 28, 2023, a tragic incident occurred at Darawa quarters, Dutsinma local government area, involving eight students of the Federal University Dutsinma,” Abubakar-Sadiq said.
“The incident was the result of a heated altercation between the students over a relationship with a fellow female student, which escalated tragically, leading to the death of one of the students involved.”
He said the command has taken the case seriously and is conducting a thorough investigation to determine the factors that led to the murder of the student.
He said evidence is currently being gathered, adding that anyone with relevant information could share it with the police to help the investigation.
“Including eyewitness testimonies, with the aim of establishing a comprehensive understanding of the events that transpired while upholding the principles of justice and fairness,” he added.
“The commissioner of police in the state, Aliyu Abubakar-Musa, called on the general public to remain calm.
“He also extended his deepest condolences to the family and friends affected by this tragedy and the management of the University.
“We convey our sympathies and support during this difficult time.”