Niger-Delta militants, students clash in Lagos

students of Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos State and 80 Niger Delta ex-militants running a one-year programme at the institution have clashed .

PUNCH Metro learnt that trouble started after an ex-militant allegedly slapped a female student.

Our correspondent learnt that a school official who attempted to intervene was also allegedly slapped by another ex-militant.

The incident degenerated into  a free-for-all, with many people sustaining injuries on Monday.

The registrar’s office was also said to have been vandalised .

When our correspondent visited the institution on Tuesday, policemen attached to MOPOL 2 were stationed at the entrance of the gate.

The secretary of the Student Union Government of the school, Saheed Ridwan, told PUNCH Metro that the students had decided that they no longer wanted the ex-militants on the school’s premises.

He said, “The ex-militants joined our school in February and initially, we were not having problems. However, a few weeks ago, there was a fight between some students and ex-militants over alleged stolen money and we settled it.

“On Monday, a female student was eating at a restaurant at Aluta Ground when an ex-militant told her to move because there wasn’t much space. An argument ensued and he slapped her. An official, one Mr. Segun, was slapped by another ex-militant.

“A fight broke out and there was blood-shed. The police have however restored sanity but the students have said they no longer want the ex-militants in the school.”

Meanwhile, it was learnt that one of the ex-militant, identified as Dudu, has been arrested by policemen at Bariga Division for allegedly harassing an employee of Lagoon Hotel, Akoka.

PUNCH Metro learnt that ex-militants schooling at the institution were lodged at Lagoon Hotel by the Federal Government.

Spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the disturbance in the school, adding that peace had been restored.

Braide said the militant was arrested for making sexual advances at an employee of the hotel.

“The ex-militant, was arrested for making sexual advances at an employee of a hotel near the school,” she said.

Culled from The Punch

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