According to Punch Metro, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, has said four cops were admitted to a hospital after being injured in a clash between the police and students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Apata, Ibadan, on Monday.
The commissioner added that eight police vans were also damaged in the clash.
learnt that the students trooped to the Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway around 6.30am, blocking the main road linking Oyo and Ogun states, with many motorists forced to take alternative routes to their destinations.
It was learnt that the rector invited the police when the students, who were protesting against the school management, blocked the main road.
They were said to be calling for the removal of the Provost of the school, Dr Babajide Adenekan, after a disagreement between Adenekan and members of the school’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Non -Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.
A lecturer in the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the issue had been on for more than one year.
She said, “There have been clashes between the provost and lecturers of the school. Some lecturers were suspended, while some claimed their allowances were withheld by the provost illegally.
“But this time, the students were expressing their grievances over the administrative style of the provost. They said the style of the provost triggered several strikes and unnecessary delay in the school’s academic calendar. They also called for the removal of the provost.” Continue at PUNCH