There was lack of potable water on the campus of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa State.

Students were forced to rely on the river and other unconventional means for water supply.

It was the quest for survival that led Ade, a student of Public Administration to his death.

Ade reportedly drowned in the river bordering the polytechnic on Sunday while trying to fetch water for domestic use.

As a result of Ade’s death, aggrieved students of the institution went on the rampage, protesting against absence of potable water and alleged neglect by school authorities.

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Tragedy was said to have struck when Ade and an unnamed friend went to the river to fetch water.

A source 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 source said.

The protesting students alleged that all attempts to call the attention of authorities to the incident proved abortive.

A team of police operatives was sent to the school to avert breakdown of law and order.

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