Violence erupts in Ogun polytechnic over Students Union election

Some of the protesting students were armed with dangerous weapons including guns.

Students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic protesting the cancellation of the elections of the new executive of the Students Union Government went on rampage, shooting sporadically, and causing a scare among residents in areas around the institution.

The violent protest started at about 3p.m. on Tuesday, after some students alleged rigging during the elections.

A witness said a peaceful election was disrupted when a student stuffed one of the ballot boxes with voters’ cards, leading to an uproar amongst the other students.

The students’ electoral body in a bid to cancel the poll took all ballot boxes and headed towards the administrative block of the institution. They were chased by some students who became aggressive towards members of the electoral body.

The chasers allegedly started shooting, smashing office windows and destroying vehicles in sight.

The rector of the institution and other top management staff were reportedly held hostage in their offices.

The violence spread to some major areas of the town, including – Onikolobo, Quarry road, Omida and Oke-Ilewo.

Residents were seen running helter-skelter for their safety and many motorists abandoned their vehicles and took to their heels.

The police arrived to curtail the situation. They shot in the air to scare the protesters; and arrested some of the students.

The incident, which started at about 3.00p.m., lasted till about 6.00p.m. The school has remained calm since then.

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