Students protest alleged police extortion in Osogbo

Students of Osun State University took to streets in Osogbo, the state capital, on Saturday protesting alleged frequent extortion by policemen, who usually bombard their (students) residential area at Oke-Baale Area of Osogbo Local Government.

Policemen at the of the students protest

Policemen at the of the students protest

The Renaissance reports that fracas later ensued between a team of policemen patrolling the area and the students, during which two students were allegedly shot by the security operatives.

Witnesses at the scene identified the injured students as Adesola Kazeem (300L) and Ajao Ibrahim (400L), noth students of the Department of Physics Electronic in the state university.

‎A sources, who live in the area but pleaded anonymity, narrated how some policemen allegedly came to Oke-Baale area in unmarked vehicles early  morning when some students were playing football.
“Suddenly, they started shooting at the students, thus igniting the fracas.
“Two of the students were hit by the bullet  as result of  the fracas,” the source said.
The sources further alleged that policemen usually come to raid the area and extort money from the students.
“Before this fracas erupted today, some students have gone to lodge complaints at the State Criminal Investigation Department about incessant raid of the area by their (Police) men.
A student, who simply identified himself as Adeleke, said: “ever since I got to that hostel, policemen had always come from  to collect cola from students, especially students who dressed indecently”.
The Renaissance correspondent reports that the students, protesting the alleged police harassment and extortion, matched through major roads in Osogbo.
They set bone fire at popular junctions like Olaiya junction, Oke-Baale and Jaleyemi area of the state capital.
Scores of the students were seen setting used tyres on fire and chanting unprintable words against the police and asking the State Commissioner of Police do something about it.
The protest caused traffic jam in major parts of Osogbo as many people were trapped in the melee.
Some students of Our Lady and Saint Francis Catholic College, who were returning from extension were caught up in the confusion and had to run for safety.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, confirmed the incident, ‎saying the investigation as commenced.
“Two students were injured in the incident and have been attended to the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, for treatment.
“I cannot say if the students’ injury was as a result of gunshot  or not because I have not seen them,” Adeoye said.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.
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