BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN—ABOUT 25 secondary school students and a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain were arrested yesterday by the Oyo State Police Command for alleged multiple registration in the on-going voter registration.
The secondary school is in Oluyole Local Government area of Oyo State. They were allegedly registered after their Vice Principal forced them out of their Agriculture class on the instruction of a politician that got into their school.
According to a source, the politician is one of the officials of the Oyo State Government. The police confirmed the arrest, saying investigation was still on going.
According to the source, the 25 students who were taken away from their school in a pick-up van were in SSS 3.
Vanguard gathered that they were taken from Gambari to re-register at Lagunnju Ward 9 of Oluyole Local government.
15 of them were reportedly caught while the remaining 10 escaped. They were said to have been taken to Idi-Ayunre Divisional Police Station, Oluyole.
Getting the wind of their arrest, about 30 parents of the students stormed the police station, saying the innocent students should be left alone because they were forced into the offence by their Vice Principal.
One of the parents, Mr. Ademola Omolaja said his daughter (19 years) had earlier registered at Longe area of Oluyole and was surprised when he received a call from his ward that he should come to the station.
According to him, “we want to see our children. We call for the release of our children. Our children should not be used by desperate politicians to achieve their selfish goals.” We are all farmers. We don’t have anybody to help us. I had to leave my farm to rush down here. We are helpless. We never collected money from anybody.”
Another parents, Mrs Sherifat Ajayi Alhaji and Rafiu Ishola, said the government should see to it that their children were released.
One of them said, “my daughter called and said I should call her back about five minutes later. Again she called. Then I knew something was wrong. Government should come to our assistance.”
The Administrative secretary of the Accord Party Mr. Bolaji Akinyemi said “we have been receiving reports that the politician was importing people, underage and students from another location to register them. When it was becoming more alarming, we decided to visit and monitor his activities. We saw him with about 25 students in a van. The DPO was initially hesitant because he said the politician had similar case here”.