Scores of residents of Owo local government area of Ondo State sustained various degrees of injuries and vehicles, numbering about ten were also vandalised yesterday following a clash between Police and students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, RUGIPO.
It was learnt that two students of the institution were allegedly hit by a Van belonging the police.
The students accused the police of abandoning the victims.
This was said to have forced the students to embark on a protest to the ( B) Division Police Station at Otapete in Owo.
But they were dispersed by the Police, who teared gas and shot sporadically into the air and a student was again accidentally shot.
The action of the police angered the students, who allegedly destroyed vehicles parked inside the station.
They later blocked the Owo/Akure expressway, which is opposite their school thereby causing a gridlock.
Residents of Owo were not spared in the unrest as they were prevented from moving out of the town.
Eyewitnesses account stated that students were seen burning tyres at the main gate of their school, Fasawe and white House areas, which were mainly occupied by the students.
Three hours later, the Police later brought in an armoured tank to clear the main road of Iwo town, which was blocked by the rampaging students.
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Femi Joseph in his reaction alleged that the students attacked the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr. Oakland and he is presently in a critical condition.
Joseph said the students worsened the situation by attacking the police officers who were on duty when they stormed the station.
He also alleged that the students vandalised the parked vehicles inside the station despite that the DPO was calling for calm.
“The police vehicle that hit the students was not deliberate and it was a total lie that the driver abandoned the students because he immediately took the victims to the hospital and they are currently receiving treatment”, he said.
In his reaction, the Vice President (Affairs) of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr. Timileyin Ayenuro called for the immediate removal of the Police Division B DPO.
He accused the DPO of fuelling the crisis, saying what the students were expecting from them was an apology over the matter since they did not know the present state of their colleagues.
He also ordered for the immediate release of the arrested students and warned the police to stop harassing the students.

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