The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, has said four officers have sustained injuries and admitted to a hospital after the police and students of the Federal College of Agriculture, clashed in Ibadan, on Monday.
The commissioner said eight police vans were also damaged in the clash.
It was gathered that the students trooped to the Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway around 6.30am to block the main road linking Oyo and Ogun states. Motorists were allegedly forced to take alternative routes to their destinations.
The rector of the institution was said to have invited the police in the process.
The students had called for the removal of the Provost of the school, Dr Babajide Adenekan, after a disagreement ensued between him and staffers of the institution.
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.”
Odude confirmed the lingering crisis.
He said, “It has been an off and on situation. We have been on this for the past six months, meeting them and trying to resolve the issues. We have met the students’ union leaders and the school authorities.
“We told the students that they should limit their activities within the school because once you deprive others the use of a public facility, you are against the law. Today (Monday), they blocked the main road during their protest and we sent some policemen there. But they became violent and attacked the policemen.”
He added “that you are a student does not give you the liberty to break laws. Those who were arrested will be charged to court at the end of investigations.”
The students, however, claimed that the police shot at them during the protest with some of them sustaining gunshot injuries. They also said a lecturer was injured in the clash.