The management of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, has shut down the school following students’ protest over the interference of the school’s authorities in the running of the Students Union Government.
Consequently, the management also banned all SUG activities in school until further notice.
The students’ body had accused the school’s management of plotting to install a stooge, who would do the management’s bidding as their leader.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the protest by the students disrupted normal academic activities and vehicular movement in and out of the school.
Some valuable facilities in the institution’s School of Engineering were also destroyed.
The institution’s Director of Protocol, Information and Public Relations, Adeyemi Adejolu, in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, denied the students’ claims that authorities were interfering with the union’s affairs.
He also described as needless and unwarranted the violent protest by the students, saying their action was based on mere rumour from unreliable sources, adding that the school’s management had nothing to gain from imposing candidates in students’ union election.
According to him, the decision to shut the polytechnic was arrived at during an emergency joint meeting of the Academic Board and Management Committee held on Saturday.