February 10, 2016

17 students remanded over Babalola varsity crisis

17 students remanded  over Babalola varsity crisis

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

SEVENTEEN students of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, identified by police as the arrow head in the crisis that rocked the institution weekend, were yesterday arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court over their roles in the protest.

afeThe students, who were arraigned on a six-count charge of rioting, possession of firearms and malicious damage, according to the Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Leranmo Caleb, contravened Sections 516, 451 and 109 of the Criminal Code, Cap C 16, and Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

According to Sergeant Leranmo Caleb, the accused conspired to commit rioting, possession of fire arms, possession of military camouflage uniform and damaged several property of the school.

Chief Magistrate, Ropo Adegboye, consequently ordered that all the accused be remanded in police custody and adjourned ruling to today.

Parents demand apology

Meanwhile, parents of over 200 students of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, who were alleged to have been wrongfully detained over alleged participation in the protest have demanded unreserved apology from the management.

Students of the university had, Sunday, staged a violent protest, where property worth several millions of Naira were damaged.

Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the concerned parents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said their children were unjustly detained at the Criminal Investigations Department of the police headquarters and at various police stations in the state capital.

They described the indiscriminate arrests of their wards and the way they were clamped in detention with rogues and hard criminals as not only a breach of their rights, but the highest point of wickedness and naked display of powers.

School responds

The school’s Public Relations Officer, Tunde Olofintila, who denied the allegations, said the management would address all these allegations on their merits, if the parents could cite certain occurrences.

He said: “Many of the students are back and writing their examinations.

“Those suspected to have participated in the protest were arrested and those found innocent were released immediately, so the issue is about security and only the police can say what modality was used to arrest them.”