By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Following continued detention of about eight Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) staffs over alleged attempted murder, the management of the institution has denied orchestrating their arrest, urging the public to disregard any contrary information.
The management clarification came hours after the Nigerian Police arrested its staff for allegedly attempting to murder two officials of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the school’s Director of Information Communication Technology (ICT), during the recent concluded JAMB CBT mock examination exercise in the Polytechnic.
LASPOTECH argued that their arrest was never connected with their involvement in protest against the institution where they demanded for a reversal in the migration of the polytechnic workers salary structure from the CONTISS 15 migration.
Debunking the allegations against the institution, Deputy Registrar ( information & public relations), Olanrewaju Kuye, in a statement made available to The Guild, stressed that the affected staffs were invited by the Nigeria Police for interrogation and charged to court in line with the dictates of the law.
“The suspects were alleged to be involved in assaulting with petrol, two officials of JAMB, and physically attacked and injured the Polytechnic’s Director of ICT on Friday, 29th March, 2019 during the preparation for the JAMB CBT mock examination exercise in the Polytechnic
“The general public could also recall that, the Registrar of JAMB- Prof. Ishaq Oloyede while reporting the readiness of his Board for the 2019 JAMB examination to the Minister of Education- Adamu Adamu on Monday, 1st April, 2019 lamented the attempt to set some of his officials ablaze at LASPOTECH centre and vowed to ensure justice is done,” he added.
The information officer recalled that, the affected officials reported the assault at the Shagamu road police station, and the Nigeria police had since taken over the case.
According to him, the story making rounds to smear the image of the Polytechnic’s Management is a calculated attempt to distract the general public from the heinous act.
“The ongoing trial is strictly between the Nigeria Police and the suspects. It has nothing to do with the ongoing trade dispute that is already being attended to by the Lagos State Government.”