Police shoot Osun University students

Nigeria Police Officers
FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers

Students of the Osun State University, Osogbo, on Saturday protested the shooting of two of their colleagues by some policemen.

The protesting students lit bon fires on major streets and impeded human and vehicular traffic within Osogbo metropolis.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the shot students, Kazeem Adesola and Ibrahim Ajao, were playing football on a pitch at Oke-Baale area of the metropolis when the incident occurred.

NAN learnt that the policemen, who came in plain clothes, accused some students on the pitch of being involved in internet fraud.

A witness, who asked not to be named, accused the police of persistently extorting money from students.

The witness, a student of the institution, said the resistance by those on the pitch led to Saturday’s shooting.

“We were playing football when the policemen came. They always come like that to arrest students.

“They would say that we are involved in Yahoo-Yahoo (internet fraud) and they would seize our laptops and phones.

“They would collect money on the pretext of granting us bail. But we resisted them on this occasion and within a twinkle of an eye, the policemen started shooting.

“When the policemen started shooting, we ran away but the bullets hit two students who were immediately rushed to hospital.

“The bullet hit one in the stomach and the second one in his mouth,’’ he said.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Fimihan Adeoye, while visiting the victims at the Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, confirmed the development.

He said the policemen involved had been arrested and detained, assuring the victims that they would face the full wrath of the law.

The commissioner also said he had ordered full scale investigation into the matter.

He, however, advised the students of the institution not to take the law into their hands, saying the essence of the investigation was to establish that such an act was committed and to determine those involved.

“The two students injured in the incident are being attended to now at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, and that’s why I am here to ensure that the victims are well treated,’’ he said.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Labode Popoola, who was also at the hospital, said the students were exposed to danger because the institution is non-residential.

He said efforts were being made to build hostels and ensure that students live within the campus where they could be properly monitored and supervised (NAN)


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  • tsunami1earthquake

    The Nigerian Police jumping from one atrocity to the other! Yeah, they would face the full wrath of the law, according to the police commissioner.

    • Black or White

      That word atrocity though. LOL

  • Good Nigerian

    This matter should not be swept under the matter,those idiots shld be taught some sense,they harrass too much in Oshogbo.
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  • Impulse400

    Is this VC looking for opportunity to make money or what…? State Universities in the south west are mostly non-residential, but is that the reason why the students are exposed to danger…? These students become rugged and independent minded due to the exposure of attending non-residential universities. Is it the VC’s intention to clip or supress their innate powers and keep them docile and controllable..?

    Or is the man just being a usual Yoruba Coward, who is always afraid to face the truth and call it what it is…? Is he afraid to confront the menace of police harrassment and brutallity, police barbarism and police greed..?

    I think Popoola is just being a yellow feathered coward for not instituting legal action against the Nigerian Police Force on behalf of these poor students. He is setting a bad example for students aspiring for intellectual greatness by calling white black and not standing up for truth and justice. A bad example of treachery and betrayal. A farmiliar Yoruba example.

    In my opinion, the students are exposed to danger because the School Authorities have failed over the years to do what is recquired to protect them and discourage and detter wicked actions like this against students by outsiders.

    Let us asume by their persistent failures that we do not have a police force in this forsaken country, the VC is also confirming that students dont have a VC.

    LAUTECH students, I wonder how much you pay for rent now, to those shylock hostel owners. Una VC dey find market oh!!! Shine una eye…!!!