By Abideen Muhammed
Officers attached to the Nigeria Police Force, Area ‘D’ Mushin clashed with Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education Students’ Union members in front of their station on Thursday, 10th May, 2018 at about 11:30am.
The clash occured when some of the police officers uses their van to allegedly block the road.
One of the students of AOCOED travelling to TASUED for South-West parliamentary summit pleaded with the police but they refused, an eyewitness said.
It was learnt that after approaching the policemen to vacate the road, one Inspector Olaleye Micheal allegedly slapped the student, identified as Prince Azeez Bashiru.
The slap, according to eyewitnesses, triggered others students in the bus to challenge the officers in the van.
One of the students reportedly removed one of the officers cap.
While revealing that two students were arrested for their strong involvement in the clash, the speaker of the union, Rt. Hon. Musodiq, said “those of us remaining made several efforts to resolve it”.
He added: “We called our Dean, DOP of Ijanikin (the station close to AOCOED) and others to help us. In fact, I had to call my dad who is a legal practitioner when they transferred them to OLOSAN because then court seem inevitable.
“At a time, they said we should go and call our lawyer. They charged them with three offences, but they never included slapping a student first.
“They threatened the two students with jail. But they were released at about 7:00pm since without collecting a dime’.
“I thank our neighbouring school that stood with us especially Oceanography and LASPOTECH among others. The Area Commander of the station also showed us a fatherly attitude by advising us and releasing them.”
When the students arrested were asked to narrate their experience, Azeez Bashiru said: “I have really learnt today – I know struggle is not easy and there is no justice in our land. They beat me mercilessly in the station when I was shouting ‘injustice’, while my friend was just crying and begging’.
“They transferred us to one man in OLOSAN police station and detained us in a crime department or so.”
The other student, Adedokun A’baqi, thanked God that they were released, saying: “Since my childhood, I have never been to a police station before. This is my first experience and it was brutal. I can forget today till my last breath.”