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Ibadan Poly Shutdown Over Violence

Main Entrance, The Polytechnic Ibadan. Photo: Premium Times
Main Entrance, The Polytechnic Ibadan. Photo: Premium Times

Reports revealed that a bloody clash which ensued among the students of the Polytechnic, Ibadan in Oyo state after a football match has forced the management of the institution to shutdown the school to prevent further damages.

The management of the institution had earlier announced the suspension of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), activities.

A student of the polytechnic told newsmen that as early as 11am on Thursday, the students, who were protesting the stabbing of their colleagues and injuring of another during a fracas that broke out after a football match competition, trooped to all the major roads within the institution and later blocked the two gates leading to the campus.

An eyewitness also said that the crisis broke out after a football match, between the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Business and Communications Studies and later turned violent which led to a free for all as some students were seen carrying guns.

“I saw some of the students with machetes and double barrel guns. Though no one was killed in the process, gunshots were heard in some areas. Those I saw did not look like the polytechnic students, they looked like outsiders. While the melee lasted, some of the hoodlums entered into the female hostels.

“Some of them were even telling their colleagues to let them enter the school bakery to get some loaves of bread and bags of pure water but could not go there due to the presence of security agents,” an eyewitness narrated.

Another report revealed that one of the students’ leaders was stabbed, another account stated that it was the Sports Director of the institution that was stabbed in the head.

It was later gathered that the crisis was between two rival cult groups which had been waiting for an opportunity to strike. The crisis was a form of reprisal attack from one of the groups whose member had been attacked earlier.

To avoid a deteriorating situation, the PRO of the school, Adewole Soladoye, said the suspension and the shutting down became necessary when the students union body had failed to obey and follow the rules guiding its activities on campus.

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