Students clash, attack DPO in Ogun
There was pandemonium yesterday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, when protesting students of two secondary schools attacked policemen and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Obantoko Division in Adatan, SP Alimeke Ignatius.
The Guardian gathered that SP Ignatius and his men were attacked during a fight between students of Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School, both in Abeokuta.
Eyewitnesses said students of the two schools had engaged themselves in a clash when men of the Obantoko police station were called to arrest the situation.
It was gathered that the students, who threw stones and other objects at themselves, blocked the main road, causing tension among residents of the area.
The DPO and his men, who were drafted to the scene of the incident to maintain law and order, were allegedly injured by the students.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi , who confirmed the incident to newsmen, explained that the students of Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School were engaged in a fight and the police from the Obantoko station were called to take charge of the situation.
He stressed that the DPO was hit when the students were throwing stones and other objects at themselves during the fight.
Asked if arrests were made, Oyeyemi said: “We cannot arrest the students because they are minors. We can only detain and counsel them, after which they will be released.
But, the state chapter of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has condemned the attack, describing it as uncivilised and unwarranted.
The PCRC Chairman , Mr. Samson Popoola , in a statement, signed by his media aide, Babatunde Odeyemi, condemned the public disorder by secondary school students.
According to him, ‘If this is not quickly checked, it may portend a great danger for the future of this state and country at large.”