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Three students of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic »
Owo (RUGIPO), were reportedly shot during a
clash between students of the school and the
police command at the Owo local government
area of Ondo State.
DailyPost reports that the victims were
accidentally shot during the clash which began
when a private car of a police officer allegedly
hit two students in the town.
The police were accused of abandoning the
victims after the car crash. The students then
embarked on a protest to the Police Station, B
Division at Otapete.
During the protest, the police, with the use of
tear gas and sporadic shooting, attempted to
disperse the students. The victims were
reportedly hit by the bullets.

This intensified the protest as students reacted
by destroying residents and vandalizing cars
parked in the station.
According to eyewitness reports, the students
were seen burning tyres at the main gate of the
school, Fasawe and white House areas, which
are mainly occupied by the students.
The police were eventually able get a hold of the
situation after an armored tank was brought in to
clear the blocked road.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi
Joseph confirmed the story while alleging that
the students attacked the Divisional Police
Officer (DPO), Mr. Akande and that he was
presently on a critical condition.
Joseph added that the students were not truthful
when they blamed the police for hitting and
abandoning their colleagues.
“ The police vehicle that hit the students was not
deliberately done; it was a total lie that the driver
abandoned the students, because he immediately
took the victims to a hospital and they are
currently receiving treatment,” he said.
The Polytechnic director of Information Protocol
and Public Relations Unit (IPPPR) Mr. Olumide
Olugosi, however, said no student died during the
protest.

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