Amidst students’ protest, Ede polytechnic okays resumption, days after EFCC invasion

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP) Ede Poly chapter has approved the resumption of academic activities in the school following rampage of students due to alleged arrest of their colleagues by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Blueprint recalls that the EFCC operatives from the Ibadan zonal office had carried out a midnight raid on some off-campus hostels around the Owode-Ede area in Ede last week.

Some students were arrested during the sting operation and taken to the Ibadan zonal office of the anti-graft agency.

But the management of the polytechnic, in a statement signed by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Sola Lawal, said the identities of those students reportedly arrested could not be immediately ascertained

Irked by the management’s stance, some yet-to-be-identified students of the institution reportedly attacked some buildings on the campus of the polytechnic, where they also vandalised vehicles belonging to some staff members to protest EFCC’s arrest of their colleagues.

Subsequently, the management suspended the activities of students union in the school while the academic staff in the school halted academic activities including the ongoing semester examination in the school due to security breach.

But, in a new development, the academic staff while expressing concern over lack of security presence, however unanimously agreed that academic activities including the ongoing semester examination to resume ‘possibly’ on Tuesday May 14.

According to the resolutions by ASUP, Ede Poly chapter, “as at present, there is no reasonable presence of security personnel within the school campuses, for adequate security.

“Also, from the look of things and consideration of other factors,it is not realistic for academic activities to be resumed now.

“Consequently, members are hereby enjoined to prepare themselves for the resumption of academic activities including exams. supervision possibly on Tuesday, 14th May 2024 after satisfactory assessment of the level of compliance to the issues on ground.”

Furthermore, it clarified that no examination will hold on Monday May 13, due to lack of security presence on the Ccmpuses – North & South, to forestall any security breaches, adding that on Tuesday May 14 resumption will depend on the complete compensation to all that were victims of vandalisation and also visible presence of security personnel on ground.