The Ogun State Police Command arrested 20 students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, for taking part in the on-going protest tagged ‘BlackWeek’.
The students were arrested for allegedly vandalising government and personal properties in Panseke, Oluwo and Iyana Oloke areas of Abeokuta. The students made bonfires close to the pedestrian bridge currently under construction in Panseke while some construction equipment on the bridge were set ablaze.
The Students were arrested on the second day of the protest which began on Monday over their inability to write their second semester examination.
The examination had been stalled for over three months, following the unresolved face-off between the government and lecturers over the establishment of the controversial Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.
The protest grounded the state capital as vehicular and human movements were put on hold on Abeokuta major road.
The Acting Rector, Ayodeji Tella, was forced by the students to take them to the governor’s office to register their grievances. The rector rode in an Hilux van drove by the Chief Security Officer of the School, Adekunle Adekoya, while the students hung at the back of the van. Trouble started when the students were told that the vehicle couldn’t move again because of mechanical failure.
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The students offered to continue pushing the vehicle to the governor’s office but the driver suddenly zoomed off injuring about four students in the process. Speaking on the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi said the arrest was necessary following the alleged destruction of public and private properties.
The state police public relations officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the arrests were necessary following the alleged destruction of public and private property.
Mr. Oyeyemi told journalists that the officers had to use ‘minimum force’ to disperse the students.
He said the students, who also reportedly injured a police officer on Monday, would be charged to court on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun hinted that the students would pay for any destruction made to public property.
“They are instigating the students. We know how to handle ourselves. If any student destroys anything, they will pay for it, they will pay. We were also made to pay then,” he said apparently referring to his time as a student.
“I have been getting reports, they will pay, they have to pay for it (destruction) because this is Ogun State money,” an irate governor was quoted as saying.