Violent protest: Nasarawa gov directs Lafia poly Rector to punish perpetrators

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, Friday, directed the Rector of the Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic (IMAP), Lafia, Dr. Justina Anjide Kotso, to take displanary measures on anyone found to be involved in the recent students’ unrest, which led to destruction of property at the polytechnic.

He gave the directive shortly after inspecting the level of destruction at the polytechnic in Lafia.

Sule who described the actions of the students as unfortunate and uncalled for, warned that his administration would not condone any act capable of taking the state backward, considering all the efforts by government to turn around the education sector.

He said education remained a cardinal objective of his administration which has the potential to impact skills on youths in the state towards self-reliance.

He equally called on the Students’ Union Government at the institution, to assist the school authority, by fishing out those suspected to have masterminded the protest.

“We are all students at one point or the other, if we had destroyed all the institutions, which institutions will some of you attend? Whoever has done this, does not mean well for the students, as well as Nasarawa state,” Sule said.

The governor also warned fraudulent staff of the institution, who may have masterminded the destruction of the ICT centre, in their selfish bid to sustain the use of fake receipts, stressing that his administration will not condone such acts.

Sule then directed that the institution remain closed for not more than one week, pending the outcome of ongoing investigation.

He also directed the authority at the institution to restore water supply back for use of students.

Earlier, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bola Longe, disclosed that so far, 27 students have been arrested in connection with the protest, assuring that only those found to have actively engaged in the violent protest, would be sanctioned.

Students of the polytechnic undertook a violent protest on Thursday, leading to the vandalisation of the ICT centre, central administrative block, academic office, all the bore holes in the school among others.

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