The day three protest against the hike in the school fees of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA) took a different dimension on Wednesday as police allegedly fired gunshots and teargas at students and traders while heading to the Government house at Alagbaka Akure.
According to one of the students who simply gave his as Oluwatobi, who had earlier escaped arrest though with injury, the student union president of the institution (AAUA) with traders who had joined in the protest were arrested.
The market women on Tuesday threatened to join the ongoing protest by the students.
“We were moving our protest to the government house this morning while our mothers and traders followed us. Just some few metres away from the government house, the convoy of the governor was making its way out of the premises.
Oluwatobi narrated that the governor’s convoy abruptly swerved on sighting the approaching crowd.
“When the governor’s car made a turn, we moved closer but we were interrupted by policemen and we held our hands behind our backs.”
The crowd which was caught unawares by an ambush of policemen was overwhelmed a scampered for safety through the bamboo plantation close to the governments house.
“The policemen fired tear gas to disband us while our mothers and students were arrested.”
Meanwhile, this reporter sighted police vans filled with students and mothers en route the police headquarters in Akure.
As at the time of filing this report, the protesters are still allegedly in the police custody.
Meanwhile, the students population keeps growing as bonfires are still lit up along Oba-Adesida Road.
When SUNSHINE HERALD contacted the information commissioner, Yemi Olowolabi, he directed our reporter to speak to the police, saying it was a police affair.
Efforts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Femi Joseph proved abortive, as he did not pick his call on numerous attempts.
He also has not replied the text message sent to him as at the time of filing this report.