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Scores of students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta have scampered for safety following the sporadic gunshots that rented the air during the stundents’ sign-out celebration shortly after they completed their second semester examination.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered exclusively that the angry students later marched to Adigbe divisional police station, threatening to burn down the station if their colleagues arrested, were not released .
PLATFORM TIMES also gathered that the shooting occured last week Tuesday in front of the school while the students were celebrating their successful completion of their National and Higher National Diplomas .
It was however, gathered that no student was affected during the sporadic ‘gunshots celebration’.
An eyewitness hinted PLATFORM TIMES that the development prompted men of Ogun State police command to make some arrest .
Scores of the students were reportedly apprehended at the school area while they were still in the celebration mood of their completion of their programmes .
A viral video obtained by PLATFORM TIMES showed that some students in their white vests were seeing blaring music from their cars parked at the front of the school gate.
In a clip watched by our reporter, they were seen hanging at the side of cars’ windows; hailing and cheering one another on.
The celebration was taking place in the front of the school, when suddenly the booming sounds of gunshots were being heard which created panic mode in the joyous students, leading to unrest .
A student who spoke under condition of anonymity with PLATFORM TIMES said, despite that the school authority has given a directive that the students should not organise any party around the school premises, yet, the students disobeyed.
He said the students shot in the air, adding that some were dressed as cultists.
He said, “Some of them were dressed in yellow clothes and shot in the air like three times. When the police came, they were driving recklessly and many of them were running helter-skelter.”
The source also disclosed that the students went to the police station to protest the release of their colleagues, stressing that they threatened to burn down the police station.
“One NANS executive was arrested by the police. Cultists were involved; Yellow big brothers. It happens in front of school on Tuesday. Some students gathered and were parading with cars. They even engaged in gun battle with the police before the police chased them and apprehended some of them.”
Another student, who pleaded anonymity also disclosed that the apprehended students were taken to Adigbe police station, but, when other students protested, the police moved them to the police headquarters at Eleweran.
“They protest at Adigbe police station this morning, but, when the police see that they might cause further problems, they transfered those students to Eleweran.”
Confirming the incident to PLATFORM TIMES, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi read the riot acts .
Oyeyemi said the students behaved in an unruly way and were causing disturbance in the area before some of them were arrested.
He said, “I don’t know what they will call those students when you finished exams and you started shooting sporadically and causing a lot of pandemonium in that place and because of that, police arrested some of them.
“And they have the tenacity to go to the station and wanted to burn down the station. I don’t know what is wrong with all these boys.”
He added that the arrested students are suspected cultists.
The police spokesperson however disclosed that the students have been released after they apologised.
He said, “many of them were arrested but, the area command said they should leave them after they apologised for what they did.
“Their behaviour resembles that of cultists; we have released them but, if they cause any pandemonium in that place, then they need to be treated somehow. They behave like cultists”, Oyeyemi said.
However, the MAPOLY Public Relations Officer, Yemi Ajibola disclosed that the management was not aware that some students were arrested or involved in any unruly act.
Ajibola who spoke on phone with PLATFORM TIMES stressed that the police did not inform the polytechnic management about the arrest and release of the students, adding that the incident was an indictment of the students and not the management.
His words: “Well, I am not aware. We have banned sign-out programme for about five years now. So, I am not aware that anyone was arrested. It has not come to my notice.
“This afternoon I still discuss with the security officer about the situation of the students and he said there was no problem. He said everything is cool and calm.
“So, which arrest you are telling me. All these you are saying cannot happen at the front of the gate. It’s not possible. Probably they did it in town or somewhere else.
“Anybody can be arrested anywhere. If our students were arrested and it’s not to our knowledge, that means it does not happen on our campus. No police officer can arrest our students, take them out of the polytechnic without the knowledge of the management.
“And anything done outside the polytechnic and the students were caught, that is an indictment to the students; as long as they are not caught around the polytechnic. They are on their own.
“And I am telling you, it is not in front of the gate but probably outside the campus.
“Police have not informed the polytechnic they arrested our students; if police arrested them and they have not informed us, that means they are not our students.
“It’s the students issue, not the polytechnic issue.”
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