When students of the Federal College of Agriculture (FCA) in Ibadan started a protest on Monday, there were clear signs that it would not end well.

The protesting students blocked the gates to the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) preventing vehicles and people from gaining access into the institute which shares the same premises with their college.

Their grouse was the closure of their school and their action caused gridlock along the Ibadan-Abeokuta Road at Apata.

Not long after, stories emerged that policemen drafted to quell students’ protest at the College of Agric shot two workers of the research institute.

In his comments, the Executive Director of IAR&T, Prof. James Adediran, claimed that two members of staff of the institute were shot by security operatives.

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“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,” he said.

“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 said.

Reacting to the claim, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, says his men were not responsible for the shooting.

Making the clarification in Ibadan, the police chief 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 because of the stones thrown at them.

“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.


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