- Management Trainee
By Hamzat Baba
Special Correspondent, Lokoja
There was pandemonium on Friday night at the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Kogi State, following the killing of a senior lecturer in the institution, Anthony Abimaje.
Sunday Independent reliably gathered that Abimaje was stabbed to death by an unidentified person suspected to be a student during a fight that broke out among the students on the campus.
The fallen lecturer was said to have met his untimely death while trying to separate a fight between two rival groups in the school.
The lecturer, who, until his death, was teaching Entrepreneur and Research at the institution, was rushed to hospital where he later gave up the ghost.
However, there was information that students had been looking for opportunity to deal with the lecturer because he was perceived to be too strict, especially during semester examinations.
The source added that Abimaje went to the school on Friday around 11 p.m. to pick his wife who operates a shop in the campus, when he ran into the fight.
According to the source, the students had stopped the lecturer, dragged him out of his vehicle and stabbed him in the stomach.
Sunday Independent also gathered that the unfortunate incident happened barely a month after another lecturer in the school of was beaten blue black by a female student and her male friends over examination issues.
When contacted, the spokesman of the institution, Tijani Yakubu, who confirmed the incident, equally disclosed that the polytechnic has been closed down indefinitely by the school authority.
He also revealed that investigation into the incident, which he described as most unfortunate, has commenced, assuring that the institution would ensure that those involved in the act would not go unpunished.
As at the time of filing this report, the school has been deserted by the students, even as detachment of armed mobile policemen have flooded the campus, to restore order.