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The Management of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun in Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun state has explained the cause of the pandemonium which broke out between the students of the institution and the officers of the Nigerian Police force on Wednesday adding that the incident did not stop the ongoing second-semester examinations.
The management through a Press release signed by the Public Relations Officer, BAKENNE Nureni stressed that normalcy immediately returned to the university through the swift intervention of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu.
It should be recalled that, unrest rented the atmosphere of the university on Wednesday, when officers of the Police allegedly pursued some unknown people into the university, the action which sparked reactions from the students led to a free for all.
According to the release, examinations was on until around noon on Wednesday when some unknown Policemen reportedly ran into the Campus allegedly in pursuance of some unknown persons. The University community was, thereafter, attracted with gunshots on the Campus.
The management, however, allayed the fears of parents and appealed to members of the University Community to go about their normal businesses, as the protection of their lives and properties are assured.
The release reads, “Following various reports in the media of the incident that took place at the Ijagun Campus of the University on Wednesday, July 24th,2019, the Management of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun,Ogun State wishes to set records straight and states as follows:
“That the second semester 2018/2019 academic session examination is on-going in all Departments of the University without interruption, whatsoever, until around noon when some unknown Policemen reportedly ran into the Campus allegedly in pursuance of some unknown persons. The University community was, thereafter, attracted with gunshots on the Campus.
“That the University security personnel on duty tried to curtail the situation and immediately alerted the Management of the fracas between some police officers and students over attempts by the police officers to arrest some of their colleagues who ran into the Campus. The altercations between the Students (most of whom were coming for their examinations) thus, causing pandemonium and chaos among the students.
“That the Policemen in their efforts to control the students shot into the air to disperse them, this action further provoked the students.
“In the avoiding pandemonium, the policemen in question were shielded by the University security personnel from the scene of the incident into the University library, just to prevent mob attack and to adequately secure their safety.
“That it took the prompt intervention of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu and other members of the Management team to pacify the students and to ensure their safety
“At this point, the vehicle (a Primera saloon car) used by the Policemen for the operation had been demobilized and vandalised before the arrival of the Vice Chancellor. It was later pushed away by a group of students after he had addressed them and normalcy had since returned to Campus.
“The Management, therefore, appeals to members or the University Community to go about their normal businesses, as lives and properties are being protected by the University Security Personnel.
“The Management also wishes to assure all parents, guardians and members of the University Community as well as the general public that the University Management would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that peace is maintained at all times.”