25 February 2013

Nigeria: Protest Forces Management to Shut-Down Kaduna College of Education

Kaduna — An 18-hour protest embarked upon by students of the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan-Waya, over alleged manhandling of their colleague by security men yesterday forced the management to close down the school indefinitely.

Announcing the closure in a statement, registrar of the college, Hassan Agya, said the decision was due to the destruction of property, adding that academic activities will resume when normalcy returns.

Daily Trust gathered that the 18-hour protest led to the destruction of the school ambulance, security outpost, poultry, six vehicles and the ICT centre.

Some students who spoke with Daily Trust said the protest started as a result of an attack on a Theatre Arts student by his course mates over his non participation in a group assignment.

The matter was reported to security men by the affected student but that he was manhandled again, and that resulted to a violent protest, he said.

It took the intervention of a combined team of the Nigeria Army and police to bring the protesters under control.

When contacted, the provost of the college, Mrs Hope Joseph Gajere, declined comment.

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