Prof. James Adediran, the Executive Director of Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan (IAR&T) has accused overzealous policemen attached to the Oyo State Police Command of shooting two members of staff of the institute after they were drafted to quell the students protest which took place at the College of Agriculture, Ibadan, yesterday.
Adediran who said the protest which does not concern the institute he heads escalated leading to the policemen leaving his female workers in a criticial condition at the hospital.
“In the process of shooting, two personnel of IAR&T who have nothing to do neither with the students nor the college were shot with live bullets,’’ Adediran said.
Students of the College of Agriculture, Ibadan on Monday morning staged a protest over the closure of their school. The protesting students blocked the gates to the IAR&T preventing vehicles and people from gaining access into the institute which shares the same premises with college.
The protest caused a gridlock on Ibadan-Abeokuta Road at Apata. Also, photos circulating on social media showed policemen attacking protesting students with axe. The policemen also shot in the air to disperse the students.
“A woman was shot in the abdomen while a young lady, an intern with us, was shot in the thigh. Two of them are lying critically ill at the Emergency Department of UCH, Ibadan,’’ Adediran added.
However, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Odude, has said that his men were not responsible for shooting of two female members of staff of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan.
Also, Odude said that the students blocked the Ibadan-Abeokuta Road during the protest, attacked vehicles and threw stones at the police. He said that four policemen were wounded as a result of the stones thrown at them by the students.
“Police fired teargas to push the students to the extreme and were able to arrest some of the students that threw the stones.
“There was no gun shot,’’ Odude insisted. THINK YOUR FRIEND WOULD BE INTRESTED? SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE SHARE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>