Over 40 suspected thugs invaded Kogi State Polytechnic on Monday.
The thugs disrupted the sitting of the governing council meant for the deliberation to reject or support the re-appointment of the rector whose tenure will come to an end this weekend, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.
The thugs were allegedly sponsored by the Rector, Isah Muhammad, although that could not be independently verified.
Sources told PREMIUM TIMES that the council was expected to use the meeting to hunt for a replacement of Mr Muhammad who has reportedly been accused of high-handedness and gross misconduct by students and staff of the institution.
“The polytechnic was turned to war movie yesterday when the rector brought some thugs to disrupt meeting of the governing council. It took the help of the security operatives to restore normalcy,” a top official of the polytechnic who spoke under the condition of anonymity, for fear of victimisation, said.
Some students who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES also confirmed that there was pandemonium on their campus yesterday.
“For weeks now, the school has been tense following the extension or termination of the rector’s appointment for second term. This has caused lots of cracks among lecturers and polytechnic officials,” a student who identified himself as Abbas, said.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the institution, Luke Tijani, confirmed that there was pandemonium on campus but refused to answer if it was connected to the expiration of the rector’s tenure.
In July, students and staff of the institution protested against the rector over allegations of incompetence. They also called on the state governor, Yahaya Bello, to terminate his appointment.