Students Protest The Shooting Of UNIOSUN Colleagues

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Rancour ensued in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Saturday as students herd out to protest the shooting of two undergraduates of Osun State University who were playing football.

Newsmen gathered that the two students, Abiola Kazeem (Department of Physics Electronics) and Ibrahim Ajao, were shot in the waist and neck respectively.

Kazeem was said to have been initially rejected by two private hospitals before he was taken to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, while Ajao was being treated at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital at Jaleyemi area.

Some students living in the area told SUNDAY PUNCH that the plain-clothed policemen, who came in a vehicle without a number plate, accused the students of being involved in Internet fraud.

The students were said to have denied the allegation and allegedly resisted being arrested by the armed cops which led the policemen to shoot them.

A student, who identified himself simply as Adiboshi, said policemen usually extorted students and seized their computers and phones anytime they came to the area to raid.

Reacting to the development, the Coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students in the South-West, Saheed Afolabi, condemned the policemen’s action.

Students and some residents of Osogbo marched to the Oke Baale Police Station and made a bonfire in front of the station as the police prevented them from burning it.

The students later marched to the popular Olaiya Junction where they also made bonfire, preventing motorists from taking the route.

A team of policemen and an Anti-Personnel Carrier were deployed in the scene to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

The Vice Chancellor of UNIOSUN, Prof. Labode Popoola, told our correspondent that the police and other security agencies had started investigation into the shooting.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, who visited the victims at the hospitals, said he was there to ensure that the students were receiving prompt and adequate treatment.

He added that a full scale investigation into the case had commenced, adding that the suspects had been arrested.

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