Commercial activities were Friday paralysed in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, western Nigeria, as policemen from the State
teargassed protesting students from Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, to
prevent the students from disrupting the presentation of buses to all
the Students Union Government of all the 13 tertiary institutions in the
The students, who came out in their thousands, were
dispersed with teargas while shots were fired at the State Secretariat
of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, also known as Iwe Iroyin,
Oke-Ilewo, where many properties of journalists were destroyed.
correspondent and his colleagues who escaped unhurt, reports that the
police stormed the NUJ secretariat, shooting sporadically while teargas
cannisters shot by the police dispersed the students and many people
At the Kuto roundabout, where a line was
drawn on the road signifying a battle line between the police and the
students, the police were seen dancing to various war songs and warning
the students not to cross the line in their own interest.
popular Kuto market was partially deserted as traders ran for their
lives when the policemen shot teargas to disperse them from causing
gridlock on the road.
Motorists plying Isabo, Kuto, Nawair ud
deen, Oke Mosan and Oke-Ilewo went through hell before crossing the
routes as students and the police barricaded the roads.
Students Union leaders led by their President, Olusegun Ifade, a.k.a.
Socialist, met this morning with the State Police Commissioner,
Ikemefuna Okoye, and the Director of the State Security Services at the
SSS office in Abeokuta.
Explaining the discussion at the meeting
to our correspondent, Comrade Folarin Hakeem, State Chairman of the
Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, who also attended the
meeting, revealed that the demands of the OOU students were presented
and they were advised to maintain the peace as their issues will be
presented to the governor.
He further revealed that the two
security bosses immediately left for the governor’s office at Oke Mosan
to brief him on the matter.
As at the time of filing this report,
the governor had been briefed about the development and had directed
that all the executive members of the Students Union of Government, SUG,
Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago Iwoye, be brought to his office
for a peace talk.
The students were taken away in a white Hilux
truck with no registration number after much persuasion from the State
Police Command spokesman, DSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
rampaging students were still trooping in from all the campuses as
unconfirmed report has it that one of the students from Ibogun campus,
identified as Ola Ayan, has been shot in the leg.