Fidei Poly: Two Students Killed, School Shuts Down
FIDEI Polytechnic Gboko in Benue State was today shut down
indefinitely following alleged killing of two students and two police
officers by suspected group of thugs known as ‘SHAWA.’
The two students were killed and another hospitalized, while property
belonging to the institution were also destroyed during the crisis that
broke out early Tuesday and Wednesday Evening at the polytechnic.
An eye witness, Terfa Guum, told a Punch correspondent on the phone
that the affected property includes the bakery, bursary, the ranch and pen
SHAWA thugs allegedly invaded the institution to dislodge some
students who were protesting peacefully over their exclusion from the
ongoing second semester examinations.
Guum said trouble started when final year students who were owing
tuition were barred from writing the examination.
“This made the students to stage a peaceful protest,” he added.
He said that immediately the protest commenced, policemen stormed the
school premises, shooting tear gas and shooting sporadically.
“In the process, a student was hit on the chest and died instantly, while
another died in the hospital.”
The institution’s authority subsequently cancelled the examination.
Angered by this, the students allegedly regrouped and embarked on
massive destruction of the school’s property.