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SATURDAY PUNCH (Aug 16, 1997)

By Kayode Olasekun

No fewer than 43 students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, died in the recent clash between students of the institution and the indigenes.

The rector of the institution, Dr. Adebayo Makanjuola, while addressing a press conference organised by the Global Peace Movement on Thursday at the NUJ Light House, Victoria Island, Lagos, called for the relocation of the polytechnic.

According to him, the campaign for the relocation of the polytechnic, occasioned by the latest fracas in the series of clashes between the indigenes of Ilaro and the students of the polytechnic, became necessary in order to put an end to such quarrel and serve as a deterrent to other communities.

On the casualty recorded during the crisis, Makanjuola said apart from the 43 students killed, many others were brutally wounded, most of whom were still hospitalised, cars belohging to lecturers damaged and the school library burnt allegedly by the riotous indigenes.

The rector attributed the recent clash to what he called unnecessary hike in house rent, bus fares and prices of foodstuff by the community, lamenting that the indigenes were no longer interested in the welfare of the students.

Mr. Mike Uyi, president of Global Peace Movement, threw his weight behind the call for the relocation of the institution, arguing that his position was premised on the fact that the Ilaro community was no longer ready to live peacefully with the students, who come from Various parts of the country.

Uyi urged the government to relocate the school to an other town in Ogun State, saying that was the only measure that could curb the excesses of the indigenes.

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