By Osaro Omoruyi
The Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, has denied the alleged killing of the students of the institution during cult clashes which claimed the lives of at least five persons in Iyakpi area of the poly town.
Five persons had been reportedly killed with several other persons being injured during rival cult clashes around the school between Saturday and Monday.
Iyakpi is one of the host quarters to the polytechnic, and where most students of the institution live.
The institution while denying the killings of its students, also denied that the institution had been shut as a result of the killings.
The Public Relations Officer of the school, Mr. Mustapha Oshiobugie, made the clarification on Wednesday in a statement obtained by WARRI TODAY.
According to him, no student of the institution was involved in the violence since the school was already on sessional holiday running over a week.
The statement said, “With all the emphasis possible, this is not correct. It is a lie. The polytechnic has been on sessional holiday for the past one week when the students finished their examination and the hostels were vacated. A school already on holiday cannot be shut.”
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One of the victims was identified as Irale Obas, a former student of the institution who had just concluded his National Youth Service Corps programme.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Dan Mallam Ababakar, while confirming the incident, said a total of 58 persons had been arrested in connection with the unrest.