By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—NATIONAL Association of Polytechnic Students, NAPS, has called on the Federal Government to institute a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the recent carnage at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, during protests by students against the policy of the management of the institution of “no school fees, no examination.”
It was gathered that several vehicles belonging to staff and the Polytechnic were damaged by the students during the riot and at press time, no fewer than 95 students of the institution had been arrested by the Police in connection with the protest.
NAPS President, Mr Adeyeye Olugbenga, who addressed newsmen Benin, yesterday, in conjunction with NANS (South-South and South- East) zones, also condemned the rampage which took place in the Polytechnic during which property worth hundreds of millions of Naira were destroyed.
“We call on the Nigeria Police Force and other relevant security network to intensify investigation so as to unravel those behind the hurricane that threatened the very foundation of the polytechnic.
“We are aware that some students have been arrested in connection with the rampage. We call on the Police to do proper investigation in fairness to the innocent ones who never participated in the rampage,” he said.
Insisting that those who carried out the rampage were not students of the institution, he said, “We condemn the rampage and those who hired non students to perpetuate such kind of evil against an institution they ordinarily should protect and guide jealously.