YOLA – Students’ violent demonstration has forced an indefinite closure of the Federal College of Education (FCE) Yola, Adamawa State.
The students were protesting poor living conditions on campus to include lack of water supply, before it degenerated into violent protest.
The situation was aggregated when some of the rioting students were chased by armed military and other security operatives.
It was gathered that the students were disturbed by the presence of security operatives armed to the teeth during their protest. This led to the students setting fire on the school buildings and vandalizing other facilities within the institution. One of the students who spoke on the incident said that they have been living without a water supply for many days.
“We’re left to sleep and study under poor environmental conditions. Emerging, over 5000 of us are in this school without water for days running. We have to source for water outside the college. We also have issues with power supply”, he added.
However, FCE authorities have admitted there was a breakdown in the college’s main water source. They however denied that students were left without water supply.
The Registrar of the college, Ahmad Gidado said the water scarcity was caused as a result of the breakdown of the main industrial borehole supplying the water needs of the entire school.
According to him the management swung into action on hearing about the water challenge yesterday (Monday), immediately asked the works and services department to fix the problem, but only to wake up to see students rioting this morning.
“The college has other boreholes but dealing with about five thousand students could not meet the water needs of the school that is why the water tanker was used to augment the water need caused by the breaking down of industrial borehole.
”This morning while the water tanker is distributing water to fetching points the agitation of the students persisted, in order not to allow the incident to get out of hand an emergency meeting by the school management was convened in the interest of peace and order we decided to close down the school.
“The management was immediately asked to vacate the school as security men have taken over the institution to manage the situation,” Gidado said.
Police have taken over the school and Soldiers too were called to disperse the rioters.