Kaduna - Dr Aliyu Mamman, the Acting Rector, Kaduna Polytechnic, on Thursday dispelled rumours of an attack on the students' hostel by gunmen at the institution's main Campus, Tudun-Wada, Kaduna.
Rumours were making the rounds that some gunmen dressed in Army uniforms had attacked the students' hostel on Tuesday.
Mamman, however, told NAN in Kaduna that he was at the campus throughout Tuesday and that there was nothing like.
``The security on the campus is far better than what is obtained outside. We advised students
to remain on campus because we are sure of their safety.''
He said that the institution had hostels at its three campuses located in Tudun-Wada,
Barnawa and Unguwar Rimi.
Mamman said that security personnel had been drafted to the campuses to ensure the safety of the students.
He said the Registrar of the institution also ``lives on the main campus
of the polytechnic and is always reporting development to my office.
``Following the outbreak of the crisis in the state, examinations have been suspended as students staying off-campus cannot participate in the exercise.''
He said the institution was hoping to resume the examination as soon as normalcy returned to the state.
Mamman said the institution had been providing relief materials including bread,
instant noodles and toiletries to the students.
``We provided them with these items yesterday (Wednesday) and we are going to provide
them with same today (Thursday).’’
He said parents had been calling to know the situation in the school, adding that some of them had picked their wards.
``But we advised that parents should allow the students to stay on campus.''
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Div. Kaduna, Col. Sani Kukarsheka, also dismissed the rumour that some gunmen in Army uniform had penetrated the institution and shot some students.
Kukarshekasaid, however, that security agents had been deployed to all the institutions in
the state to ensure the safety of the students.
Similarly, Usman Shuaibu, a Mineral Resources Engineering student of the Polytechnic
dispelled the rumour, saying: ``we are fully secured and nothing like that happened.''
Shuaibu said that most of the students that left the school to military barracks
were running back to the institution as they said they felt more secured here.