The Bauchi State Police command has arrested about 32 students of the College of Education, Kangere, in connection to the crisis that accompanied the school’s botched Students Union Government, SUG, election.
The situation degenerated into violence after the election which was scheduled to hold on Wednesday was postponed as authorities noticed that things had taken ethnic and religious dimensions.
Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer of Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, in a statement on Thursday, said that “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.”
Mohammed stated that before the Police arrived the scene of the riot, the military had already dispersed the rioters and arrested 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,” he added.
The Police spokesman also said that 8 persons sustained various degrees of injuries during the violence and were rushed to Specialist Hospital Bauchi for treatment.
The “suspects arrested were handed over to the police for discreet investigation after which they would be charged to Court for prosecution,” he said.