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Some students of Federal Polytechnic Auchi in Edo state went on rampage following the policy of “no school fees, no exam” adopted by the institution’s management.
Auchi Poly students riot over ‘no fees no exams’ policy

Auchi Poly students riot over ‘no fees no exams’ policy

NAN reports that the protesting students vandalized no fewer than 100 vehicles and several properties.

Trouble was said to have started when some of the students were denied access to write their first semester exam.

The affected students mobilised themselves and disrupted other students already writing their exams, before vandalising vehicles and properties.

According to the students, it was unfair to deny them the chance to take the exams.
Riot at federal polytechnic Auchi, Edo state

One of the students said: “We are protesting because the school management prevented us from writing our first semester examination on the account that we are yet to pay our fees. The school management is not fair to us and we want the policy reversed.”

The police and members of Auchi Vigilante Service later brought the situation under control.

The institution has been closed down to prevent escalation of the violence.
Auchi poly students riot turn violent

Reacting to the development, the dean, School of Evening Studies, Mahmmud Garuba said what the protesters did was unacceptable as the management had announced the “no school fees, no exam policy” prior to the commencement of the examinations.

He noted that those denied access into the examination hall were not students of the institution as they have not registered since they claimed to have gained admission into the polytechnic.

However, unconfirmed report has it that three of the protesting students were shot while others were badly injured.

See more photos below.

Car destroyed during the protest
Auchi poly students destroyed properties

Properties destroyed during the protest
Auchi poly students vandalized over hundred cars

Protests seem to be the only way Nigerian students know to express their dissatisfaction with school authorities. Majority of the time, these protests are never peaceful as the students end up destroying school properties.

Sometimes, some end up losing their lives to stray bullets from security agents deployed to disperse the protesting students.

A number of universities in the country have been recently closed down due to students’ unrest

In April, the management of the University of Ibadan closed the institution, following a protest by students over poor supply of electricity and water in halls of residence, adding to the growing number of universities recently closed down.
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