Auchi—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 examination.
Vehicles belonging to staff and the institution were damaged and offices vandalised during the riot that lasted for over four hours.
We gathered 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 control.” 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 notice.