: One killed, others injured, cars, buildings razed

By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—A student of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko, Benue State was, Wednesday  killed while several others sustained injuries, following a violent protest by students of the institution over tuition.

Vanguard gathered from a management staff of the institution, who craved anonymity, that crisis broke out Monday, when some students, who were barred from writing their semester examination following their failure to pay their tuition fees, attempted to stop the commencement of examinations.

He said: “The students, who could not pay their tuition moved into the examination halls and started chasing away other students, insisting that the examinations should not hold since they were not allowed to sit for same.

“At a point, the students started throwing stones, destroyed cars and other property, and razed the administrative block of the polytechnic.

“The authorities immediately shut the school. The students convened again yesterday morning and started the rampage. They took over the busy Gboko-Aliade Road.

“At that point, we suspected the crisis had degenerated into rival cults clash. They engaged the security operatives drafted in to protect lives and properties in a battle. In the midst of the confusion, one of the students was found dead.

“Unfortunately, we suspect that he was probably stabbed to death by a rival cult group because an examination on his body by the police showed that he was apparently stabbed.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, Moses Yamu, who allowed reporters access to the remains of the dead student, said the yet-to-be identified student obviously died from a stab wound and not bullet wound.

Yamu said: “So far, we have a record of two injured police officers, while 22 students, including those who were busy looting the institution’s property, have been arrested.”

 

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