The Ondo State Police Command has disclosed that the students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic (RUGIPO), Owo, Ondo State, worsened yesterday’s protest by attacking the police officers who were on duty when they stormed the station.
It will be recalled that two students of the institution were allegedly shot dead by police and many others injured in a violent clash between students and law enforcement officers on Sunday.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph alleged that the students attacked the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr Akande and that he was presently in a critical condition.
According to him, the students vandalised the parked vehicles inside the station despite that the DPO was calling for calm. His words: “The police vehicle that hit the students was not deliberately done; 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.”
The Polytechnic director of Information Protocol and Public Relations Unit (IPPPR) Mr Olumide Olugosi also noted that no student died during the protest.
He disclosed that one of the injured students was referred to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ife, Osun state for further evaluation and treatments while three that sustained gun shot injuries were stable and were receiving treatments at Federal Medical Centre, (FMC), Owo.
While reacting to the action of the law enforcement officers, the Vice President (Affairs) of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr Timileyin Ayenuro called for the immediate removal of the Police Division B DPO.
He accused the DPO of fueling the crisis, saying what the students were expecting from them was an apology over the matter since they did not know the present state of their colleagues.