Adamawa Poly shut as graduation ceremony turns violent

The Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola (SPY) has been shut down.

This followed violence, which resulted from what was supposed to be a celebration by some graduating students.

The students were said to have taken to the busy street along which the main campus is located in Jimeta on Thursday afternoon, causing obstruction and prompting intervention from security operatives.

The security operatives, in a joint police-military operation, reportedly fired tear gas to disperse the increasingly unruly youths who piped low only to go wild later and to destroy valuable campus structures.

Management of the polytechnic announced its closure late on Thursday “for security reasons” and asked students to leave campus.

A statement signed by the registrar of the Polytechnic, Mrs Rebecca Kinjir, instructed students who were yet to finish their examination to hold on till after easter break.

Rector of the polytechnic, Professor Ibrahim Umar, who spoke to newsmen late on Thursday, specified that the final year students destroyed a 500-seat multipurpose lecture theatre, Students’ Union Government building and a male hostel during the “unprovoked riot” sparked by revelry and celebration by outgoing students.

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