Thirty-two persons have been arrested by the Bauchi state police in the wake of a violence-marred students union government (SUG) election at the College of Education Kangere.
Haruna Mohammed, Bauchi police spokesperson, in a statement on Thursday, confirmed that the SUG election took a violent turn as a result of an “ethno/religious dimension” which led to the postponement of the polls.
According to the statement, the students and some members of the community went on a rampage after the postponement and also harassed residents.
“On the 24/5/2017 at about 2pm, Elections of new Executives in to the Students Union Government (SUG) at the College of Education Kangere went awry due to ethno/religious dimension it took which resulted in the postponement of the Exercise in order to avert breakdown of law and order in the School,” the statement read.
“Following the postponement, hoodlums and misguided elements in their hundreds from the school and neighboring Community went on rampage and blocked Bauchi- Gombe Federal highway harassing innocent Citizens.
“However, before the arrival of the Police to the scene the military had already dispersed the rioters and arrested Thirty two (32) suspects.
“Police Patrol Teams have been deployed to the Area, normalcy was restored in the school and the road blockage opened to enable free flow of traffic.
“Meanwhile, Eight persons who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to Specialist Hospital Bauchi for treatment and suspects arrested were handed over to the police for discreet investigation.”
The police said the arrested suspects would be charged to court for prosecution after the conclusion of the investigation.
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