There was uproar in Osogbo, the Osun State capital yesterday as students of the state-owned tertiary institutions embarked on a violent demonstration over the three-month-old strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and clashed with the anti-riot policemen while the protest lasted.
The angry students, who blocked major roads in Osogbo with used tyres, big stones and other obstructing structures, held the city to ransom for more than four hours as vehicular movements and social economic activities in the city were completely halted.
Over 10,000 students blocked the major roads with their students’ union buses, insisting that the state government must meet the demands of the striking lecturers so that they can resume lectures in their institutions.
However, the situation turned bloody when the anti-riot policemen, drafted to the scene, started firing tear gas at the students, who were hurling stones and other dangerous objects at the security agents.
By the time crisis subdued, no fewer than 10 students were arrested by the police, including the President of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of Osun State Polytechnic, (OSPOLY), Iree, Comrade Adetunji Oluwaseyi Phillips.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Osun Police Command, DSP Folasade Odoro, confirmed the protest, but said the police had succeeded in restoring normalcy and brought the situation under control.