Workers and management of a plastic manufacturing company, SELPLASE LTD along the Sagamu/Benin expressway in Sagamu local government area of Ogun State scampered for their lives as grieving students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye stormed the premises of the company in protest of their colleagues killed last Friday in a ghastly motor accident.
The grieving students were to visit the scene of the accident, a stone throw away from the company to pay their last respect to about 10 students of the institution who lost their lives to the accident.
The grieving students got annoyed when they observed that the company, believed to be the owner of the truck that caused the accident, was still working and loading products even when some dead bodies were still lying at the morgue in various hospitals.
After leaving the accident scene where they had gone to pray for the departed souls, the students retired to the company and vandalized no fewer than 11 trailers within the premises.
A fully loaded trailer belonging to Dangote Cement had earlier incurred the wrath of the students when the driver defied diversion order by the police and was driving towards the blocked area of the road.
The trailer with registration number GWW 156 XA was vandalised while the driver and his motor boy ran for their lives, as the angry students approached the protesting students.
For about three hours yesterday, hundreds of the students barricaded the expressway while the police who were fully on guard diverted traffic along the expressway.
They also vandalised some of the company’s offices and buildings, breaking window glasses and panes, while many of the workers scampered into hiding.
The students had however demanded compensation for their colleagues who died in the auto crash.
The grieving students who were dressed in all-black clothes and carrying placards bearing various inscriptions deploring the unfortunate development, arrived at the scene of the crash in a convoy of several long and smaller buses.
Several pleas by the officials of the police and other security agencies to persuade the students not to storm the premises of the company fell on deaf ears.
Upon their arrival at the gate to the company’s premises, the students over-powered the men manning the entrance and forced the gates open.
Earlier at the scene of the crash, the students forming a ring as they held hands, held a prayer session and observed a minute silence for the repose of the souls of their dead colleagues.
The prayer session was conducted in both the Christian and Muslim modes of worship.
Meanwhile, the students had appealed to the state government and other public-spirited persons to compensate the families of their colleagues who died in last Friday’s crash.
President of OOU Students’ Union Government, Adenola Adegbesan disclosed this while speaking at the scene of the accident.
Meanwhile, OOU Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr Niyi Oduwole has described the accident as unfortunate and sad.