SP Alimeke Ignatius, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Obantoko Division in Adatan Area Command of Abeokuta, Ogun State, and his men have been attacked by two rampaging secondary school students in the state capital.
According to reports, the police were attacked during a fight between students of the Egba Comprehensive High School and the Arcero High School in the Arcero area.
It was reported that before the officers of the Obantoko police station were called for arrest, there was a bloody clash between the students of the two schools.
It was further gathered that the students, who hauled stones and other missiles at themselves, blocked the main road, causing tension among the residents of the area.
The DPO and some of his men who rushed to the scene of the incident to maintain law and order were allegedly injured by the students.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi of the command confirmed the incident.
According to Oyeyemi, the students of Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School had a fight, and the police at Obantoko Station were called to deal with it.
“The DPO was hit by stones. The students were throwing stones and other objects at themselves during the fight,” Oyeyemi said.
When asked if any arrest was made, Oyeyemi retorted, “We cannot arrest the students because they are minors. We can only detain and counsel them, after which they will be released.”
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has condemned the attack, describing it as “uncivilized and unwarranted”.
The state Chairman of PCRC, Samson Kunle Popoola, in a statement signed by his media aide, Babatunde Odeyemi, condemned the public disorder by secondary school students in the state, saying “if this is not quickly checked, it may portray a great danger for the future of this country”.
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