The Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa State , Dr . Seiyaboh Idah , on Monday said a late Student of the institution , Stephen Adekunle , drowned while learning to swim.
Adekunle , a student of Public Administration at the institution , had on Sunday , April 15 , 2018 , drowned in a River close to the institution .
He allegedly died in the river bordering the polytechnic while reportedly trying to fetch water for domestic use due to lack of water on the campus .
After Adekunle ’ s death, aggrieved students of the institution had gone on the rampage , protesting against alleged lack of potable water and neglect by the school authorities .
But Ida , who spoke on the school campus in Ekowe, Southern Ijaw , lamented the death of the student , saying that the claim that he died because the school management failed to provide potable water was a lie .
The rector claimed that the desire of the victim to learn swimming led him to the river where he drowned , adding that the late Adekunle had been rescued twice from drowning before the incident .
He said despite consistent warnings by the school management , students , including persons who knew nothing about swimming , still found their way to the river .
Idah said , “ I wish to state that during orientation , we usually tell students not to go to the river . This particular student that died , the dean of students ’ affairs had met him bathing in the river before the incident . He did not know how to swim and the man told him to leave the place.
“ This student had almost drowned twice because he refused to leave the river . I don ’ t know what his problem was . Twice , he was rescued . They were five students who were playing and pushing one another . They didn ’ t go there to fetch water , but to swim. They have been doing that every day .
“ We are saddened by his death, but he did not die because there was no water on the campus . Adekunle died because he was overzealous and wanted to know how to swim by all means.
“ We are saddened by his death, but people should not use this as an opportunity to fight us . ”
The rector said he locked up the school ’ s liaison office in Yenagoa and forced workers and management staff to perform their duties on the main campus .
“ This office has been locked up for sometime now. No staff member is here . Even some members of staff are fighting me because I insisted everybody must operate from the Ekowe main campus , ” he added .
He claimed that some politicians in the state seeking his removal were the brains behind the attacks on the school management , alleging that they sponsored students to lie against the institution .
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