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Rampaging students stone DPO in Ogun

During a conflict between students from two schools in Abeokuta, Ogun State, several secondary school students stoned Alimeke Ignatius, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Obantoko Division, injuring his head.

According to our source, students from Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School in Asero, both in Abeokuta, were involved in a brutal brawl.

It was also reported that the students who threw stones and other objects at each other obstructed the major route, prompting residents in the neighborhood to become agitated.

To de-escalate the situation, officers from the Obantoko Police Station were dispatched.

The DPO led his troops to the location of the incident, only to be attacked by the rioting students, according to Daily Trust.

The students are said to have thrown stones at the operatives, one of which struck Ignatius in the head.

The DPO was rushed to an unnamed hospital for medical treatment after suffering serious head injuries.

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DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), verified the event to our correspondent, saying it occurred on Monday.

According to Oyeyemi, pupils from Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School were fighting, and police from the Obantoko station were dispatched to intervene.

“Stones pelted the DPO. During the brawl, the students began hurling stones and other objects at one another,” he claimed.

“We cannot arrest the students because they are minors,” Oyeyemi stated when asked if any arrests had been made. We have no choice except to keep and counsel them before releasing them.”

Meanwhile, the PCRC’s state organization has condemned the incident, calling it “uncivilized and unnecessary.”

The state Chairman of PCRC, Samson Kunle Popoola, in a statement signed by his media aide, Babatunde Odeyemi, lamented the public disorder caused 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.”

Recall that secondary school students in Ogun have recently engaged in attacking their teachers whenever they are punished for any unruly behaviour.

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