Academic activities at the Federal College of Education, Yola has been shutdown following violent protest by students of the institution on Tuesday.
The students were protesting poor living conditions on campus to include lack of water supply, before it degenerated into violent protest.
The situation became worse when security operatives chased the rioting students.
“We’re left to sleep and study under poor environmental conditions.
“Emerging, over 5000 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”, said a student who does not want his name to be mentioned for the fear of being victimized by the school authorities.
Authorities of the institution while admitting the breakdown of law and order in the institution, however denies that the students were left without water supply.
The Registrar of the college, Ahmad Gidado said the water scarcity was caused as a result of the breakdown of the main industrial borehole supplying the water needs of the entire school.
According to him the management swung into action on hearing about the water challenge yesterday (Monday), immediately asked the works and services department to fix the problem, but only to wake up to see students rioting this morning.
“The college has other boreholes but dealing with about five thousand students could not meet the water needs of the school that is why the water tanker was used to augment the water need caused by the breaking down of industrial borehole.
”This morning while the water tanker is 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 we decided to close down the school.
“The management was immediately asked to vacate the school as security agencies have taken over the institution to manage the situation,” Gidado said