Protesting Adamawa students confronted by soldiers, destroy facilities, school shut


The Federal College of Education, Yola, Adamawa State, has been shut indefinitely over students’ protest.

The students were protesting poor living conditions on campus which include lack of water supply before the protest turned violent.

The situation was aggravated when some of the students were chased by armed soldiers and other security operatives.

Irked by the presence of security operatives, the students went wild, set fire on buildings and vandalised stores.

A student, who does not want his name in print, told The PUNCH that the college had been without water for many days.

“We’re left to sleep and study under poor environmental conditions.

“Emerging, over 5,000 of us are in this school without water for days.

“We have to source for water outside the college. We also have issues with power supply”, he added.

However, the school authorities have admitted there was a breakdown in the college’s main water source.

They however denied that students were left without water supply.

The college’s Registrar, Ahmad Gidado, said the water scarcity was as a result of the breakdown of the main industrial borehole supplying the water needs of the entire school.

He said, “The college has other boreholes but they cannot meet the need of about 5,000 students that was why water tanker was used to supply water.

“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,” he said.

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