Protesting students block Bauchi-Jos highway as teachers begin strike
Students at Abubakar Tatari Ali ATAP Bauchi Polytechnic and other institutions embarked on a protest on Tuesday that turned into violence and looting of public property, a development that led to the blockade of the Bauchi highway -Jos.
The other institutions are AD Rafai College for Legal and Islamic Studies Misau; Bauchi State College of Agriculture, Bauchi; Aminu Saleh College of Education, Azare, and Adamu Tafawa Balewa College of Education, Kangere.
The protest followed the two-week warning strike launched by the Bauchi state government-owned tertiary institution to draw government attention to their demands.
The route is used by commuters from the six northeastern states to Abuja, which includes: Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.
Confirming the incident, Bauchi State Police Commissioner CP Umar Mamman Sanda condemned the violence that followed the student protest.
A statement signed by SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, Police Public Relations Officer, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police said: “Protesters wreaked havoc on the Jos-Bauchi highway, attracting miscreants and thugs and escalated into a violent protest, including crushing peoples’ vehicles, damaging property, extorting cellphones and looting some stores across from the school.
Sanda said a police team led by the regional metro commander and a police riot squad rushed to the scene and tried to appeal to the student leader, but did not show any positive results. .
“Students started throwing rocks and other dangerous objects at the police team, which caused serious injuries to the officers. The violent protesters were eventually dispersed and normality was restored,” the statement read.
When our correspondent went to the Ministry of Education, no official was ready to react to the development. Education Commissioner Dr Aliyu Usman Tilde is reportedly absent.