Students of Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School in Abeokuta, Ogun state reportedly stoned the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Obantoko Division, Alimeke Ignatius, in the head, during a clash in the metropolis.
According to a report by DailyTrust the secondary school students clashed in a fight for supremacy leading to the deployment of police personnel from the Obantoko police station to arrest the situation.
The students who were hauling stones and other missiles at one another turned to the police operatives and in the process injured the DPO.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the incident happened on Monday.
“The DPO was hit by stones. The students were throwing stones and other objects at themselves during the fight,” Oyeyemi said.
When asked if any arrest was made, Oyeyemi retorted, “We cannot arrest the students because they are minors. We can only detain and counsel them, after which they will be released.”
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has condemned the attack, describing it as “uncivilized and unwarranted”.
The state Chairman of PCRC, Samson Kunle Popoola, in a statement signed by his media aide, Babatunde Odeyemi, lamented the public disorder 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.”
Secondary school students in Ogun State have recently been attacking their teachers whenever they are punished for any unruly behaviour.