Blank NEWS Online can report that the recent rampage by undergraduates of the Otefe Polytechnic at Oghara in Ethiope West local government area of Delta state over forcible payment of tuition by the institution’s authority has led to unwantom destruction of property worth millions of Naira and subsequent breakdown of law and order.
A statement issued by the Delta state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Celestina Kalu revealed that the incident which took place on at about 14:20hrs on Friday, April 25, 2014 led to the arrest of 20 students who had engaged in unlawful activities while the protest lasted.
According to her statement, “the Divisional Police Headquarters, Oghara received a distress call that students of OTEFE POLYTHENE Oghara are on rampage. On reaching the scene, it was gathered that they are protesting against the school authority policy of “No School Fees No Examination”.
“After disrupting on going examination at Engineering Department of the institution, breaching the peace and breakdown of law and order, the student protesters went further to set burn fire at strategic positions and also destroyed property worth millions of naira.
“Twenty (20) students were arrested while discreet investigation is going on and those found wanting will face the full wrath of the law just as effort is on to arrest other fleeing perpetrators.
She however reiterated the Delta Police Command’s warning to parents and guardians to caution their wards in schools against involvement in cultism and criminal activities, insisting that the Command will not hesitate to bring to book any youth, despite their age, who commits heinous crime.
While condemning the barbaric act of cultist lawlessness in the institution and reassuring the public of its continuous war against all forms of criminalities, the Police image-maker called on good spirited students and staff with useful information concerning the perpetrators’s act to come forward and give to the Police to avoid persecution of innocent students.