Many Injured, Vehicles Vandalised as Policemen Clash With Protesting Students in Ibadan
A protest by students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Apata, Ibadan on Monday degenerated into a free-for-all clash in which students, a lecturer and some policemen were injured.
Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude told newsmen that 4 cops were admitted to a hospital after sustaining varying degrees of injuries during the clash. Odude added that 8 police vans were also damaged in the clash.
The students, who were protesting against the school management, were said to have trooped to the Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway at about 6.30am, blocking the main road linking Oyo and Ogun states, with many motorists forced to take alternative routes to their destinations.
The students were calling for the removal of the Provost of the school, Dr Babajide Adenekan, following 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.
A lecturer at the the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said “the students were expressing their grievances over the administrative style of the provost. They said the style of the provost triggered several strikes and unnecessary delay in the school’s academic calendar.”
The police commissioner also revealed that the police had arrested five students for their involvement in the clash.
“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,” he said.
While stressing that being a student was no immunity from being prosecuted from crimes, the police commissioner stated that those who were arrested would be charged to court at the end of investigations.
The Punch reports that some students have 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 melee.