Friday 3 June 2016

Auchi polytechnic shuts down after protests

SEVERAL students of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi,

Edo State, yesterday, sustained various degree of injuries,
following violent protest over alleged refusal by the
institution’s management to allow some part-time
students, who had not paid their school fees, to sit for
Vehicles belonging to staff and the institution were
damaged and offices vandalised during the riot that
lasted for over four hours.
An information was sent Tonygists that the institution’s security
personnel allegedly triggered the riot when they prevented
some students, who had not paid their school fees, from
writing the examination in accordance with
management’s directives.
It was also gathered that some of the students, who
forced their ways into examination halls, had their
examination booklets torn.
The students were said to have resisted, insisting that
they be allowed to write the examinations with other
students, a development which led to the protest.
The students were said to have lamented the new policy
of no-fees no-examination, by the new Rector.
When contacted, the institution’s Public Relations Officer,
Mustapher Oshiobugie, confirmed the incident, but said
the situation has been brought under control.
He blamed the riot on students, who had not been
properly registered by paying their fees, adding that no
student sustained injury.
He said: “Some students, who have not paid their school
fees are the ones fomenting trouble on campus.
Properties have also been destroyed by these same
students. The situation has, however, been brought under
Mr. Oshiobugie, who disclosed that the management of
the polytechnic was holding a meeting at press time,
added that the school had be shut down until further

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