YABATECH Students Shut DownCampus After Cult Attack



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YABATECH Students Shut DownCampus After Cult Attack
Posted on: September 20, 2013, 01:45:13 PM

There was commotion on Thursday morning at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, as academic programmes were grounded, while movements were restricted. The development was as a result of a
protest by the students of the
institution, who were expressing their
displeasure at an attack on a student
by suspected cult members on
Wednesday night. Some policemen, who attempted
entering the campus to quell the
unrest, were turned back at the gate
by the students, who held everyone
within the campus hostage for hours. When our correspondent visited the
campus, he observed that two fully
loaded staff buses were prevented
from entering the institution. PUNCH Metro learnt that a clash
between the cultist and some students
the previous night had kept
everybody awake. A source in the Department of Mass
Communication explained that the
clash started after an unnamed
student was attacked by some cult
members with machetes and was
wounded. Our correspondent learnt that the
student had a misunderstanding with
a suspected cult member. Another source who pleaded
anonymity said, “The student had
ignored the cult member when that
one told him to do something for him.
He was later beaten, clubbed and cut
with matchetes. “Somebody alerted the victim’s friends
and they also came out and faced the
cult members.” It was said that in the Wednesday
rampage, security men on the campus
were assaulted, while some school
facilities were damaged. On Thursday, the students took over
the gates of the school and chased
away security men to protest the
Wednesday night attack. One of the students at the gate told
PUNCH Metro that the security men
guarding the campus had failed in
their duties. He said,”Two weeks ago, they (the
cultists) stormed the Art Block and
wreaked havoc while our security
men were merely watching. So the
students decided to take over the
security of the school.” It was observed that a few of the
security men had changed into mufti,
while some of the students who tried
to record the riot with their camera
phones were assaulted. The school’s major road was also
barricaded. The students said they
were awaiting the Rector to give an
address on the way forward. Later, the Dean of Students Affairs, Mr.
Omobayo Raheem, addressed the
warring youths, urging them to calm
down. He said, “Like many of you, I have not
been able to sleep as a result of this
development. I apologize to every one
of us as a result of the injury one of us
sustained. There is no doubt that
injury to one is injury to all. “I can assure you that the
management has set up a high-
powered panel to look into this and
none of the culprits will go
unpunished be they students or
lecturers.” He said the wounded student was
being treated at the school’s medical
centre. The Rector, Dr. Kudirat Ladipo, later
came to address the protesters. She
capped her address with a prayer for
peace on the campus.


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