December 20, 2017

Ogun Police arrest 20 protesting MAPOLY students for arson

LAUTECH STUDENTS PROTEST: Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State (far right) addressing students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, who staged a peaceful protest to his office against the continued closure of the school, in Ibadan…yesterday.

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA-Ogun Police Command, yesterday, said it had arrested no fewer than 20 protesting students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, for alleged arson and public disturbance.

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The Students were arrested on the second day of the protest which began on Monday over their inability to write their second semester examination.

It would be recalled that the protest grounded the state capital as vehicular and human movements were put on hold on Abeokuta major roads.

It was also reported that,a Police officer, Samuel Daniel, was injured in the head during the Monday protest.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi who spoke to newsmen on Tuesday in Abeokuta, explained that the hitherto peaceful protest had turned violent, saying some government properties have been touched.

Oyeyemi said the police used “minimum force” to disperse the protesting students and subsequently arrested 20, who he said, would be soon arraigned in court.

“The so-called peaceful protest has turned violent as they(students) became riotous. They were disturbing public peace, attacking innocent citizens and passers-by.

“We used minimum force to disperse them. We arrested 20 students and they will soon be arraigned before the court of competent jurisdiction,” Oyeyemi said.

Meanwhile, the state governor,Senator Ibikunle Amosun has said that he would not pay the staff of MAPOLY for the Months they did not work .

Amosun stated this after he commissioned a skill acquisition centre in Idi-Aba Abeokuta, saying, his administration has big plans for education sector.

The governor while reacting to the protest,said he would ensure that the students pay for the property damaged .