Unilorin arrests 2 post-UTME cheats – Thugs cancel Kogi Poly’s Governing Council sitting By Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu Abuja There was pandemonium on the campus of Kogi state Polytechnic Monday when over 50 suspected thugs allegedly loyal to the sitting Rector Isah Mohammed invaded the institution and dirupted its governing council sitting.
Reports made available to Blueprint revealed that the suspected thugs disrupted the sitting of the governing council, which earlier planned to deliberate on the re-appointment of the present rector whose tenure was to expire this week.
The council later moved to an undisclosed venue for their meeting even as they invited officers of the Nigeria Police to dislodge the intruders who were armed with dangerous weapons and took positions at strategic points, chanting battle songs.
The thugs numbering over 50 were allegedly sent by the rector to prevent the governing council from taking actions against his reappointment bid.
The governing council, which has been overwhelmed with complaints against his candidature might have foreclosed his reappointment and was to use the meeting to advertise for his replacement even as his first tenure expired this week.
A close source revealed that the rector who had been accused of incompetence, gross misconduct and highhandedness, reportedly used some students and stooges within the school to organise protests and even endorsed his eligibility on a paid radio advertisement.
The source, who preferred anonymity, stated that the rector who got the wind of the position of the governing council against his second term, decided to bring in thugs to wreak havoc on members of the governing council.
The council however, quickly brought in the law enforcement agents to bring the situation under control.
Reports said that the 27-year old polytechnic has been turned to a battle ground under the administration of Mohammed, who has been boasting that his tenure would be renewed due to his connection with powers that be.
This statement has severally caused disquiet among academic staff and key management staff.
The school’s Public Relations Officer Luke Tijani who confirmed the development, said the tension was caused by the expiration of the tenure of Rector Mohammed.
It would be recalled that sometimes in July the polytechnic was turned to war front of posters and flyers, which were circulated by the groups that were against the rector, asking the governor and visitor to the school, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, not to reappoint him for his high handedness and lack of knowledge in the polytechnics administration.
Sources said majority of those clamouring for a change in the school were members of staff, who felt that the institution did not witness development in the first four years of the rector.
The argument of the antagonists of the rector was that there was the need to raise the bar in the institution to compete favourably with its peers in the country.
The president of the National Association of Kogi State Students (NAKOSS), Kogi Polytechnic chapter, Usman Attaja, confirmed the poster war on the campus.
All attempts to reach the Kogi state police command Public Relations officer William Aya through his phone was to no avail.
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