By IRAWOLABI PHILLIP, Kwara Poly
Fear and anxiety have continued to grip students of Kwara State Polytechnic (Kwara Poly), Ilorin, since resumption of studies for its second semester owing to what they termed imminent outbreak of clashes amongst cult groups.
After resumption of the school from a week’s compulsory break given by the state government due to students unrest, the students are yet to fully concentrate on their studies.
Quadlife was able to verify that some weeks ago, a cultist group allegedly had their handing-over ceremony and induction of new leaders right in front of the school’s Administrative block at night.
When the news got to the school authority, it directed its security officers not to allow students without school tags to enter the school. Amidst this and other measures, students still have their heart in their mouths for fear of the unknown.
As at noon last Wednesday, another fight broke out right in front of the school’s Institute of Basic and Applied Sciencecomplex (IBAS Complex), where some alleged cultist gang chased some male students into the complex, which eventually led to a fight between both parties. Damaged chairs and some other harmful objects were used in the fight which saw many innocent students sustaining varying degrees of injuries.
The following day, Thursday, students receiving lecture were disturbed at the same complex. There were series of gunshots by unknown gunmen which saw students scamper for safety. Efforts made to ascertain the cause of the fight proved abortive. The following day, two corpses were found in the school compound and some students reported that there were also some corpses at the school’s off-campus, and this heightened their apprehension because no one can give them the assurance that they are safe.
Abdulsalam Temidayo an Accountancy student spoke with Quadlife said: “I don’t think we have security men here. We just have people stopping us at the school gate asking for our school ID card. We need real security offices that will protect us and make the school to be at peace.
“This semester is the worst one have ever experienced, we have lost more than ten students this semester, and I don’t even understand what the security is doing. We only found security at the school gate and some important staff office only non at each department to study the student movement and behavior talk less of protecting them.
“I will like to make use of this period to plead on behalf of fellow student to the Government and school authority to please give us real trained security men who will protect our lives. We are dying gradually with fear, we can’t study very well again and exam is coming please help us out this is all what we needed,” he lamented.