The Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Dr. Jacob Oboreh has blame members of All Progressive Congress (APC) for allegedly inciting the students of the polytechnic in a bloody protest last week.
The Rector dismissed the allegations by the students that it was because of hike in school fees that they had protested saying that the students have been paying the current school fees for the past three years and wondered where the report of the sudden hike came from.
The protest by the students led to the vandalisation of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Education, Physics Lab, Office Technology Department, Chemistry Laboratory, OTM complex, Business Administration complex among others properties worth millions of naira.
The students alleged that police shot at them and injured some of them in the process.
But the Rector who spoke to newsmen weekend said that it was not true that three students were shot at by the police.
He said: “It was only a student who was trying to destroy the Automated Teller Machine, ATM during the mayhem that sustained injuries when the ATM he was trying to damage exploded.
Giving a graphic details of the incident, Oboreh said: “A group under the aegis of Cannanland Movement, working for the gubernatorial aspiration of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa came to me that they want to address the students on the need for them to collect their Permanent Voters Card, (PVCs) and I directed them to the Student Union Government, (SUG) to assist them in addressing the students.
“I guess after they had left, information of the visit went into town and an anti-group loyal to the All Progressives Congress, (APC) mobilized and came into the school demanding for a reduction of fees including student’s rent in town.
“It was when the protest was going out of hand that I had to invite the police and solider to come and restore order having instructed them not to use live bullets knowing full well that these students are our children.”
He said that the Student Union Government (SUG) of the institution have already dissociated itself from the incident.
“The school’s SUG has already dissociated themselves of the protest and any rumoured hike in fees, so I wonder was the reported increase of fees is coming from.”
Meanwhile, the Rector have warned staff of the institution, student’s bodies and others to desist from using students to ferment trouble in the institution.
Nevertheless, academic activities in the institution is yet to reopen since the incident.