Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, after policemen attached to the
‘B’ Division Police Station, Otapete, reportedly opened fire on
sustained gunshot injuries during the incident and had been taken to the
Federal Medical Centre, Owo, for treatment.
trouble started on Saturday when some policemen in a patrol van knocked
down two students of the institution while chasing a motorcyclist.
policemen at the station fired tear gas canisters to disperse the
rampaging students, who allegedly destroyed vehicles parked in the
station in reprisal.
Expressway, causing a gridlock that lasted for several hours. They also
blocked some areas in the town and made bonfires on the roads.
as Olanrewaju, said, “The students were on a motorcycle when the
policemen used their vehicle to hit them. They did not bother to take
the students to the hospital which prompted the students’ protest this
morning (Sunday). The policemen were shooting continuously; three
students were injured in the process.”
of anonymity, said some students sustained injuries while scampering to
safety, adding that one of the shot students later died.
there was confusion everywhere. We were running helter-skelter to avoid
being hit by bullets. I learnt one of the students that were shot died.
Many people were injured and vehicles were destroyed during the clash.”
Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, regretted the accident involving the police
patrol van, saying it was not deliberate, faulting the claim that the
police abandoned the injured students.
the police vehicle was accidental. It was a total lie that the driver
abandoned the students because he immediately took the victims to a
hospital and they are currently receiving treatment.”
Association of Nigerian Students, Mr. Timileyin Ayenuro, called for the
immediate removal of the DPO for his role in the crisis.
the police over the matter. The students arrested during the protest
should be released immediately; the police should stop harassing
students,” he added.
Public Relations Unit of the polytechnic, Mr. Olumide Olugosi, said no
student died during the protest.
referred to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ife, Osun
State, for treatment.
gunshot injuries are stable and are receiving treatment at the Federal
Medical Centre, Owo,” he added.