Students and police officers have clashed in Ibadan. It was learnt that the rector of Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Apata, Ibadan invited the police when the students, who were protesting against the school management, blocked the main road.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, has said four officers were admitted to a hospital after being injured in a clash with students on Monday.
The students who blocked the road were said to be calling for the removal of the Provost of the school, Dr Babajide Adenekan, after a disagreement between Adenekan and members of the school’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Non -Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.
Oyo state police commissioner While speaking about the matter said that the police had arrested five students for their involvement in the clash.
He said, “It has been an off and on situation. We have been on this for the past six months, meeting them and trying to resolve the issues. We have met the students’ union leaders and the school authorities.
“We told the students that they should limit their activities within the school because once you deprive others the use of a public facility, you are against the law. Today (Monday), they blocked the main road during their protest and we sent some policemen there. But they became violent and attacked the policemen.
“Four policemen were injured and they are now in the hospital. Eight police vans were damaged too. We had to use force to push them back into the school. That you are a student does not give you the liberty to break laws. Those who were arrested will be charged to court at the end of investigations.”
The students, however, claimed that the police shot at them during the protest with some of them sustaining gunshot injuries. They also said a lecturer was injured in the fracas.