On the morning of November 14, 2017 at about 6.30 am, the students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Apata, Ibadan trooped to the Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway around, blocking the main road linking Oyo and Ogun states, forcing many motorists to take alternative routes to their various destinations.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, in a report said that four policemen were injured in the clash between the police and students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation were admitted into the hospital and he also claimed that eight police vans were damaged in the clash.
From eye witness accounts, it was learnt that the rector called the police when the students, who were protesting against the school management, left the school premises and blocked the main road.
According to a protesting student, the students were calling for the removal of the Provost of the school, Dr Babajide Adelekan, after a disagreement between Adelekan and members of the school’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Non-Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.
An acclaimed lecturer who spoke in anonymity, said the issue had been on for more than one year. This was also confirmed by the police commissioner. 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.”
He also revealed that the police had arrested five students for their involvement in the clash. The students, however, claimed that the police shot at them during the protest resulting in various degrees of injuries, including gunshot wounds, that the shots was the major cause of the bloody clash of the students with the policemen.