Students Hospitalized As Police’s Teargas Filters Into School Premises

Ridwan Oliyide

Palpable fear gripped parents of some pupils of a secondary school in Osogbo, Osun State, Fakunle Unity High School on Tuesday when the teargas shot by police filtered into the premises .

PLATFORM TIMES gathered that some of the pupils lost consciousness after inhaling the teargas fired by men of Mopol 39 Base, located directly opposite the school premises.

PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that the school hurriedly shut down after the incident as affected pupils were rushed to a private hospital located near the school for treatment, while others were taken to Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

A source in the school, who pleaded anonymity over fears of harassment, mentioned that pupils were already in their various classes when the teargas fired by the policemen engaging in their morning drills, filtered into the premises.

The school which is located along Osogbo/Ikirun road sent their students home for the day to prevent more casualties as parents were contacted to come and check the condition of their children.

A parent, simply identified as Gideon, said that he was told to check Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, for his daughter, who was said to have been affected by the teargas.

He said, “When I got here, I was told to check Uniosun Teaching Hospital for my daughter. The students have been sent home after about 20 of them lost consciousness after inhaling teargas fired by the men of the Mopol base here.”

When contacted for reaction, the spokesperson of the Osun State Police Command, said the riot policemen were engaging in their usual morning drills and apologised to those that were affected.

She said, “I just spoke to the people at the Mopol base. They were just engaging in their morning drills, which involved the use of teargas. We apologise for the inconvenience. There will be necessary adjustments in operation since the base is now close to where other people also operate their businesses.”

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