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…We would protest in every part of the state, NANS threatens
…protest and face the wrath of the law, Ogun Police fires back
There is a strong indication that the students and Police in Ogun state may clash on Monday over a proposed plan by the National Association of Nigerian Students to protest against the detain of the Student Union President of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Adegboye Olatunji.
PLATFORM TIMES observed that while the Students’ body on Sunday disclosed its plan to embark on a statewide protest, the Police however cautioned the students against embarking on what might land them in jail.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that as the students were mobilising themselves for the proposed protest, the police officers were also being deployed in different strategic positions across the state.
The state chairman of NANS, Tomiwa Bamgbose in a statement said the students in the state would embark on a mass protest to demand unconditional release of the SUG president.
Bamgbose said the protest is scheduled to hold in Abeokuta and Ilaro simultaneously so as to show solidarity for the embattled SUG President.
The NANs chairman in the statement urged every student in the state to take part in the protest.
He added that the protest is also to demand immediate postponement of the examination in Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro.
The statement reads partly, “NANS OGUN JCC hereby use this medium to notify all gallant and ever combatant Nigeria students about tomorrow’s peaceful protest to demand for the immediate and unconditional release of the SUG PRESIDENT OF ILARO.
“It is no longer news that the President was arrested last week Sunday as a result of a conspiracy against the good intention of president to liberate his fellow students.
“I write with total bitterness in my heart to inform all Nigerian students that Comrade olatunji after been tortured to confess what he know nothing about by the police has sustained a lot of injury in the detention.
“This level of injustice must stop. We must fight for our brother, remember that an injustice to one is an injustice to all.
“The leadership of NANS OGUN JCC hereby summon all radical and ideological equipped comrades to come out in our great number to protest this injustice against our constituency.
“The protest is scheduled to take place simultaneously at ilaro to demand for the postponement of the examination until T.j is released and also in Abeokuta to intimate the governor about the highest level of victimization of students going on under his administration.
Meeting point in Abeokuta is NNPC LEME BY 7.AM in the morning.”
In a counter reaction, the Police through the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi warned the students against staging any protest that would cause chaos in the state.
Oyeyemi insisted that any student caught would face the full wrath of the law.
The PPRO further said the command’s tactical squads have been activated and deployed accross the state to nip in the bud any act of violence capable of jeopardizing the peaceful atmosphere of the state.
He added that the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson has deployed a detachment of anti riot policemen around the polytechnic Ilaro to ensure that the law abiding students of the institution go about their academic activities without any form of harassment or intimidation.
The police statement reads, “an intelligence report at the disposal of Ogun state police command indicated that some misguided students are planning to stage a statewide protest in Ogun state in solidarity with the suspended SUG president of Federal Polytechnic Ilaro who was recently arrested for cultism.
“The aim of the protest is to disrupt the semester examination of the institution scheduled to start on Monday 17th of February 2020 and also to disturb the peace of the state in general.
“In view of this, the Ogun state police command wishes to advise parents and guardians to warn their children and wards not to involve themselves in any activity capable of distrupting the peace enjoying by the good people of Ogun state as the command will view such act with all seriousness.
“As an organization saddled with the constitutional responsibility to protect life and property, the command will not fold its arms and watching some disgruntled elements making life difficult for law abiding citizens of the state.
“Therefore, anybody or group that makes any attempt to throw the state into unnecessary chaos will be made to feel the full weight of the law.
“To this end, all the command’s tactical squads have been activated and deployed accross the state to nip in the bud any act of violence capable of jeopardizing the peaceful atmosphere of the state.
“The commissioner of police CP Kenneth Ebrimson has also deployed a detachment of anti riot policemen around the polytechnic Ilaro to ensure that the law abiding students of the institution go about their academic activities without any form of harassment or intimidation. To be fore warned is to be fore armed.”