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Policemen Shoot UNIOSUN Students While Playing Football

Jan 22, 2017 03:14AM
There is confusion at Oke Baale area of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, as some policemen allegedly opened fire on some students of the Osun State University while playing football on Saturday morning.

Our correspondent gathered that that two students were hit by the bullets.


One of them identified as Abiola Kazeem, was said to have been hit on the stomach and was rejected at two hospitals before he was taken to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Osogbo where he is now being treatment.

The other victim, Ibrahim , was said to have been hit by the bullet in the mouth.

He is currently receiving treatment at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital at Jolayemi area of Osogbo.

Some students living in the area told our correspondent that the policemen came to the football pitch and started shouting Yahoo boys, Yahoo boys and thereafter opened fire on the students.

The Coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students in the South West, Mr. Saheed Afolabi, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

He said he rushed down to Oke Baale area to find out what happened and he was one of those who took the students to the hospital.

There is massive protest on major streets of Osogbo by students of the university and they are being joined by their colleagues to protest the shooting.

There are bonfires in some area by those protesting the shooting.

Some protesters, who gathered in front of Oke Baale Police Station, attempted to raze down the station but policemen on duty resisted them.

The DSA said she gathered that the policemen, who were not on uniform, were brought to the playing ground in a vehicle with no number plate.

The DSA said that residents of the town are the ones protesting the shooting now because they consider the action as barbaric.

It will be recalled that UNIOSUN students had staged a protest at Oke Baale late last year on the grounds that policemen always come to exhort them with trump up charges.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs. Folashade Odoro, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the telephone.

She said, ” The Commissioner of Police has directed that a full scale investigation should be conducted into the matter. Anybody who is responsible for the dastardly act will be brought to justice.”

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