Students of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Delta State on Wednesday took to the streets to protest against sudden hike in school fees by management of the institution.

Our correspondent gathered that the students’ protest resulted in traffic gridlock in the areas as they marched through.

The protest, which was said to have started at about 1pm, lasted for over two hours and paralysis academic acttivities within the school.

The students, who carried placards with inscriptions such as “reduce our school fees now” and “return to the old school fees,” said they would not call off the protest unless the school authorities reverse its decision.

It took the timely intervention of police officers from Ozoro Police Division, code-named Dragon Squad, who were promptly drafted to the scene to maintain law and order, for the protest not to turn violent.

Speaking exclusively to our grapevine, a female student of the Business Administration Department in the institution, who preferred anonymity, said the students were protesting the sudden increase of school fees from N32,000 to N54,850 for old and new students.

The students alleged that three of their colleagues were rushed to the hospital for medical attention, having sustained gunshot injuries from stray bullets during the protest.

Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the institution, Mr. B. Ekanem, declined commenting on the protest, saying he was not in the right mood.

When contacted, state Police PRO, DSP Celestina Kalu, denied that any student was shot during the protest.

Unconfirmed report reaching our news desk has it that the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, has been shut down by the management.

More details later…….

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