CONDEMNATIONS TRAIL POLICE INVASION OF IBADAN INSTITUTE

Criticisms and condemnations have continued to trail Monday’s invasion of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Federal College of Agriculture and Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, all located within the same premises of Apata Ibadan by men of the Oyo State Police Command.

It is  reported that two staff of IAR&T who were shot during the fracas are currently receiving treatments at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

An industrial training (IT) student, a male staff, and ten other staff sustained various degrees of injuries.

Trouble started some minutes before 8 am on Monday when students of Federal College of Agriculture, which shares the same premises with the two other institutions, were peacefully protesting within the premises against the leadership of the Provost of the institution, Dr. Babajide Adelekan.

Chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), IAR&T chapter, Emmanuel Olufemi Oladehinde condemned the police for allegedly shooting on peacefully protesting students.

Oladehinde while giving his account of the incident noted that though the protesting students blocked the road, the police shot bullets and canisters on all on sight without regard to anyone.

He, however, noted that the overzealous policemen, led by a Divisional Police Officer, ordered for his arrest and four other staff of the institution who were also brutalised by the same police.

He noted that it took the intervention of the Area Commander who ordered for their release.