Two teachers in critical condition after police, students clash in Ibadan

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

Two staff of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Oyo State, are receiving gunshot treatment at the University College, Ibadan after they were hit by bullets during the clash between police and students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan, on Monday.

The college, the research institute and Federal College of Animal Health and Technology share the same premises at the Moor Plantation.

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Crisis erupted on Monday when the students of FCA clashed with Police during a protest they staged to protest their inability to receive lectures due to the disagreement between the school’s provost, Dr. Babajide Adelekan, and the lecturers.

Our correspondent, who visited the UCH on Tuesday morning, observed that one of the injured, Mrs. Helen Adekanmi, who works in the Crop Production Unit of the research institute, was admitted at the South-West 1 ward of the hospital after undergoing surgery on Monday night.

It was gathered that bullet pierced through her navel and ruptured part of her lower abdomen.

Although she could not speak when our correspondent visited her at the ward, Public Relations Officer of the institute, Mr. Adeniyi Hamzat, said stray bullet of the Police  hit her when they shot towards the offices of the institute.

Also, Miss Kobaju Busayo, who is observing her Industrial Training programme at the institute, was being attended to at the Emergency Care Unit of the UCH.

It was learnt that bullet also pierced through her left thigh, causing severe damage.

Apart from the two staff members who sustained gunshot injuries, two vehicles belonging to lecturers of FCA were also vandalised, while the students claimed that eight of them were injured.

They also debunked the Police claim that eight Police vans were damaged on Monday.

One of the students, Oladeji, said it was important to let the government and the public know what had been happening in the school, adding that the protest was peaceful until Police attacked them.

He said, “The protest, which started around 6am, was a peaceful one meant to create awareness concerning what we have been facing for the past three months.

“The institution has been practically closed during the period. Around 9am, Police from Apata Division came and we expressed our concerns to them,after which they left.

“Thirty minutes later, they returned with guns and tear gas. They shot at us and we went back to the institution and closed our gates.

“Ten minutes later, they returned with Armoured Personnel Carrier which they drove round the school. They attacked us with planks, axes and guns.”

Asked why the students attacked the Police and vandalised their vehicles during the protest, Oladeji said the allegation was not true.

“They came with three vans and none was vandalised. No policeman was injured. We took some of our colleagues that were injured to a hospital at Oluyole Estate, but they were rejected.

“The Commissioner of Police in the state knows about our problem and he had met us and the school’s management on the issue. We are law-abiding citizens. We do not have ammunition. They attacked us first and we have video evidence.

“We did not throw stones at the Police. They entered the school and beat us up.”

The school’s Assistant Chief Technologist, who claimed that his car was damaged in the protest, said the car was parked outside the premises when the students locked the gate.

“The gunshots lasted around three hours. When it stopped, I went to take my car, but I met it vandalised. I don’t know who did it,” he said.

Another staff of the school, Lawal Adesola, said his car was parked outside the school gate and that when he returned to pick it, it was damaged. He also said he saw the Armoured Personnel Carrier  being driven into the school, adding that he recorded the video on his mobile telephone.

When contacted for comment on a photograph showing a policeman with an axe and seemingly attacking a student, Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said it was one of the weapons recovered from the students.

“That (axe) was one of the weapons recovered from the students. Policemen don’t use axe. Whoever posted that picture online is being mischievous,” said the PPRO.

Asked to comment on the allegation that the Police shot staff members who are currently receiving treatment at the UCH and others, Ajisebutu said he was not aware that the Police shot at anyone, while also directing our correspondent to the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, for further comment.

While denying the claim that the Police shot the victims, Odude accused the students of being in possession of firearms.

Odude said, “The students have firearms in their possession. On Sunday, two students were arrested with sophisticated firearms in Ibadan. If anyone was shot at, ask the students.

“The picture of a policeman holding an axe was wrongly understood. The policeman wrestled the axe from that student in front of him, but the student wanted to take it back by force.”

In some of the videos seen by our correspondent, the police Armoured Personnel Carrier was being driven around the school while some policemen were seen chasing the students.

Another video recording had some of the students throwing objects at the Police in a stand-off. One person was heard daring the Police, saying that they dared not shoot students.

He said, “You are idiots. Lure the idiots in (to the school premises). Look at these useless, stupid Nigerian Police stoning students. They are shooting inside campus.

“There is nothing they can do. They said ‘advance’, can you advance if you face the robbers?”

Gunshots were heard while the students threw more stones at the Police as the video went on with the stand-off.


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