Alvan Ikoku College of Education Shut As Violence Erupts

Owerri — The Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri,
has been closed down indefinitely following a rampage
by students that resulted to the destruction of
properties worth millions of naira.
The Provost of the institution, Dr Blessing Ijeoma
announced the closure of all academic activities
during a media chat in her office in Owerri.
She said the management had done its best to supply
electricity to students and blamed the violence on
some students who she said caused it because they
were not ready to start the approaching examination.
“We have closed down the school for now to avert
further destruction,” she said.
The provost denied any increase in school fees as
alleged by students, saying the management only
intended to stop the females from going to the male
students’ hostel to sleep, a situation which she said
had been going on in the campus.
She explained that the students were informed about
the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria fees of
N3000 for NCE students and N6000 for degree
students which she said is a professional fee that has
nothing to do with the management
The students carried out a violent protest within and
outside the campuses against the hike in school fees
and poor electricity supply to the campus.
Properties which included 20 official vehicles were
destroyed and the provost’s office vandalized, with
internet facilities looted.