Sunday 18 February 2024

Delta polytechnic shut down as hoodlums invade hostels


Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi Uku, has been forced to close down following incessant attacks on students by hoodlums.

The Rector of the institution, Prof. Emmanuel Achuenu announced the closure of the institution during the weekend.

According to her, students are expected to resume academic activities on Monday, February 26.

The Students Union Government, SUG, of the school also issued a statement ordering all students in the hostels to comply with the management’s directive to proceed on semi semester break.

Reports from Ogwashi- Uku said most of the hostels outside and inside the campus have been deserted over fears of attacks by hoodlums. 

Some students have lost handsets and laptops to the hoodlums, while some females have been raped.

An eyewitness who gave her name as Chisom Gladys, narrated how the hoodlums attacked the students.

“They went to the first room, bending the steel protector and pulling out the rods in the casement window in order to gain entrance and proceeded to rob the boy who stays in the room.

“If they had continued breaking down the doors like that, they would have come across my room, but it seems they noticed that most of the persons staying in the first block of the hostel were girls, so they switched to the second block which was occupied by boys and that was how I escaped being robbed.

“They robbed the first room in the block, carting away phones and other valuable properties and it was in the second room that they shot the boy residing there on the leg.

“According to what we heard coming from the room, the boy was shot twice, but the first bullet failed to penetrate his body, while he was able to extract the second bullet from his leg by himself before the police arrived and took him to the hospital hours later.

“The last room that was robbed was occupied by a boy who happened to be sleeping on his corridor because of the heat. Immediately he woke up and saw the robbers, he tried to run inside the house but he was caught and beaten thoroughly with cutlasses and other weapons.”

It was gathered that the state Commissioner of Police, Abaniwonda Olufemi, has summoned the area commander and the divisional police officer in Ogwashi-Uku over the matter.

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