FIDEI Polytechnic Gboko in Benue State was shut down indefinitely following alleged killing of two students and two police officers by suspected group of thugs known as ‘SHAWA.’
The two students were killed and another hospitalized, while property belonging to the institution were also destroyed during the crisis that broke out early Tuesday and Wednesday Evening at the polytechnic.
An eye witness, Terfa Guum, told a Punch correspondent on the phone that the affected property includes the bakery, bursary, ranch and pen house.
SHAWA thugs allegedly invaded the institution to dislodge some students who were protesting peacefully over their exclusion from the ongoing second semester examinations.
Guum said trouble started when final year students who owed tuition were barred from writing the examination.
“This made the students to stage a peaceful protest,” he added.
He said that immediately the protest commenced, policemen stormed the school premises, shooting tear gas and shooting sporadically.
“In the process, a student was hit on the chest and died instantly, while another died in the hospital.”
The institution’s authority subsequently cancelled the examination.
Angered by this, the students allegedly regrouped and embarked on massive destruction of the school’s property.