A student of Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Ekowe, Bayelsa State, identified as Ade has drowned in a river close to the institution.
Ade reportedly drowned while trying to fetch water for domestic use in the river bordering the polytechnic on Sunday due to lack of water on campus.
As a result of Ade’s death, aggrieved students of the institution went on a rampage, protesting against the absence of potable water and alleged neglect by the school authorities.
The tragedy was said to have struck when Ade and an unnamed friend went to the river to fetch water.
According to an eyewitness, he said Ade fell into the river and drowned because he could not swim.
“The two of them could not swim. So, when Ade fell into the river, all his friend could do was to raise the alarm. Before people could get to him, he had breathed his last,” the eyewitness recounted.
It was learnt that the situation was worsened by lack of presence of the school management on the campus located in Ekowe, in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Timi Seiyaboh, and staff members of the school, reportedly operated from the liaison office in Yenagoa, the state capital
The protesting students alleged that all attempts to call the attention of Seiyaboh to the incident proved abortive.
It was learnt that lack of potable water on the campus forced students to rely on the river and other unconventional means for water.