- Students of the Federal College of Education Yola have been asked to vacate the institution with immediate effect
- The directive was given by the registrar on behalf of the school's management after a students' protest turned violent
- The protest, Legit.ng gathered became violent after military officials and other security personnel were used to stall the protest
Authorities of the Federal College of Education Yola have shut down the institution following protests by students over the lack of water supply across the campuses.
According to SaharaReporters, students who were protesting the poor living conditions in the institution went violent after they were chased by military personnel and other security operatives invited by the institution.
FCE students go berserk on sighting military, security personnel
It was gathered that the students were disturbed by the presence of security operatives armed to the teeth during their protest.
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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.
The student who refused to be named said:
"We're left to sleep and study under poor environmental conditions. Imagine, over 5000 of us are in this school without water for days. We have to source water outside the college. We also have issues with the power supply."
School authority reacts
Reacting to the incident, the registrar of the FCE, Ahmad Gidado, said confirmed the report that the water supply system of the institution was disrupted.
Gidado however, denied claims by the students that the authorities left them without any source of water supply.
He said the scarcity of water in the school started after a breakdown of the main industrial borehole in the institution's premises.
Gidado said that immediately after the borehole which supplies water to the campuses brokedown, the FCE management directed the works and services department to fix the problem.
He noted that the management was surprised to see students rioting over water scarcity in the institution on Tuesday, October 26.
”This morning while the water tanker was 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, and we decided to close down the school."
The students were said to have hired hoodlums who stormed the school to attack teachers and staff of the institution.
It was also gathered that two staff of the secondary school are receiving treatment following the attack by the hired hoodlums.