PANDEMONIUM as police in ogun disperse protesting students of the Ogun State University, OOU, Ago Iwoye. It was gathered that the students, who were initially embarking on a peaceful protest, turned violent after the teargas and damaged some public property.
The students had as early as 6:30 a.m. continued their protest that
they commenced on Thursday.
The students, Friday morning, occupied the Presidential boulevard,
the route leading to the office of Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
They said they would not let the governor, who was yet to arrive
the scene, get to his office unless he addressed their demands.
The OOU students have demanded a further reduction of their
school fees, after the governor announced a reduction earlier in
the week. They also want the reduction to commence from the
current academic session and not the next as proposed by the
The protesting students seized a mass transit bus belonging to the
state government and forced a security vehicle filled with soldiers
from the scene. They told the soldiers to go look for the kidnapped
Chibok girls rather than prevent their protest from holding.
The development caused gridlock on the dual carriage road as
many motorists had to make detour. Several civil servants working
in the governor’s office were forced to return home following the
blockade of the road.
The students had commenced the protest on Thursday and
camped at Rev Kuti Secondary School in Abeokuta for the night.
They continued the protest at about 6:30 a.m. on Friday.
The President of the univeristy’s Students Union Government,
Olusegun Ifade, who addressed his colleagues had promised that
the protest would be peaceful as they would avoid clashed with
‘Let us conduct the protest in peaceful manner,but we have
occupied this road for now until the governor attends to our
demands. We are not leaving here,” he said.
The protesters had on Thursday had a brief clash with rival
students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic who came to declare
support for the governor. The security officials present looked
away while the clash occurred.
The Ogun Police Commissioner, Ikemefuna Okoye, later arrived to
address the protesting students asking them to conduct a peaceful