Students of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, sustained various injuries yesterday, following violent protests over the alleged refusal of the institution, for some part-time to sit for they examinations, due to unpaid school fees.
Vehicles which belonged to the poly and staff were damaged, while offices vandalised during the riot, which happened to last over four hours.
Information was gathered that the institution’s security personnel allegedly triggered the riot, by preventing certain students, who had not paid their fees, from writing the exams in accordance with the management’s directives.
It was also gathered that some of the students, who forced their ways into emanation halls, had their examinations booklets torn.
The students were reported to have resisted, insisting that they be allowed to write they examinations with other students, and all this led to the protest.
The students apparently lamented over thew policy on fees and examinations, which was implemented by the new Rector.
The Public Relations Officer, Mustafa Oshiogbue was contacted, and he said that the situation was under control, “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,” he said.
He also added that the school’s management was in a meeting and that the school had been shut down until further notice.