Akwa Ibom State government has shut down Government Technical College, Ewet, Uyo Metropolis over cult war.
Students of the college reportedly went on rampage on Wednesday after a teacher called the police for the arrest of two students who were on the police wanted list for their involvement in street fighting a week ago week.
Sun learnt that the protest and use of other dangerous weapons by the students led to critical injuries to a divisional police officer in one of the divisions in Uyo, as well as many teachers and students while school property were destroyed wantonly.
As a result of the fracas, the state government through its Commissioner for Education, Prof Nse Essien, in Uyo on Thursday, announced the indefinite closure of the school citing the unruly behaviour of the students who destroyed school property and caused injuries to police officers, including a DPO who went to quell the riot, and staff of the college.
“Government Technical College, Ewet in Uyo metropolis is hereby shut indefinitely and all the students are advised to vacate the school premises with immediate effect.
“The staff of the college are, however, advised to continue to report for duty,” Essien said.
It also led to wanton destruction of school property while police and teachers sustained various degrees of injuries.
According to him, 34 students of the college, whose names were compiled through intelligence sources as being masterminds of the incident have been placed on indefinite suspension and would not return to the school, even when the school reopens.
Sun reports that Essien said that students of Ewet Technical College would bear the cost of damages done to the school property on resumption.
“As I speak, the Divisional Police Officer is in a critical condition in the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in an effort to quell the students unrest.