The security pwrso you of Kogi State Polytechnic have nabbed a student of the institute, one Shehu Tenimu Mohammed, an ND II student of the Department of Public Administration, for being in possession of a locally made revolver pistol while on his way into the campus.
Mrs Uredo Omale, Head, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the institution, who stated this in a statement said the student with Registration Number 2018/ND/PAD/170 was, in addition to the illegal possession of the firearm, parading around with five rounds of live ammunition while making his way through the main gate of the Polytechnic on Friday, April 9.
His arrest was made possible by the strong security services put in place to checkmate any attempt to breach the ban on End-of- Examination Celebration.
Recall that the ban itself was enforced in view of intelligence report that some students suspected to be cultists would be coming to the campus with ammunitions to avenge their colleague who was killed after the end of examination in 2019.
The authorities under the proactive leadership of Dr S.O. Usman therefore beefed up security network on campus, including daily routine check at the Polytechnic entrance and the premises.
The security personnel of the institution, who are ever at alert had on Thursday, 8th April, 2021, impounded a Tricycle, (Keke NAPEP) which apparently was intended as a decoy for hiding and releasing gun shots outside the school gate.
In the same vain, the gallant security operatives also arrested a non student suspected to be a hired machinary with a charm made “African – bullel proof” on the campus on 7th April, 2021. The suspect who have since been handed over to the law enforcement agency claimed that, he came to the campus to celebrate end of the examination with his sister.
It was the continuation of the security check at the gate that led to the arrest of Shehu Tenimu Mohammed who was coming to the campus purportedly to write his ND II final examination on Friday, 9th April, 2021.
Mohammed was stopped by the ‘stop and search’ officer and was asked to hand over his belongings. He took to his heels when he realised he would be caught with live ammunition, but it was too late for him
He has since been handed over to the appropriate law enforcement agency for further interrogation and investigation.
Meanwhile, the Rector, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, has assured members of staff, students and the general public that no stone would be left unturned in the efforts to ensure that sanity is restored on the campus to make the atmosphere conducive for teaching and learning.
The Rector who commended the security unit of the institution for a yeoman’s job however appealed to members of the Polytechnic community to always be on the side of the law.