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Caution was thrown into the air as the Students of Tai Solarin University of Education in Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State clashed with the Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad.
The clash occurred between the Operatives and Students within the campus of the University when the students saw the operatives suspectedly after one of their colleagues.
In their reaction, the students swiftly blocked the operatives vehicle, the act which turned into a physical confrontation caused the operatives to shoot up intermittently to disperse the students.
With the same aggression, the student however vandalised and burnt the Toyota Camry car after the operatives escaped through the school gate.
In a press release signed by the President of the Students’ Union Government, Com. Olamide Adeboun, described the incident as an act of gross display of non-prefessionalism and a lack of proper training relating to the students’ community.
He said, “It is uncommon to see hundred of TASUEDITES to stand by their colleagues to challenge injustice and undue threat on our studentship.
“Today, men of Special Anti Robbery Squad(SARS) pursued some sets of individuals believed to be students of our university from Ijebu-Ode to the university community. This is absolutely wrong irrespective of the basis. The university will never harbour criminal and criminals will not attempt to seek solace in the university.
” It is very wrong for any security agent to enter the university community uninvited by the university authority. It becomes so wrong for them to attempt to initiate an arrest within the university without the approval of the university authority.
” The University has trained and identified security men mainly for the maintenance of our internal security.
“We use this opportunity to thank the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu for swiftly responding to the situation. Today, he reiterated our belief in him as a standout administrator and a responsive leader. We continue to have confidence in his leadership at our university.”
Speaking with the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident adding that the police will investigate the issue.
“Although, the case is under investigation because we want to know if the Policemen complied with the procedure that is expected of them before entering into any government institution and if it is discovered that they did not go through the right process they will be sanctioned.
“The incident is true, some policemen were attacked but we also want to caution the students to stop taking laws into their hands.”