Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
From BOLU-OLU ESHO, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
No fewer than 10 students of the University of Ado-Ekiti(UNAD) have been arrested and detained by the police in connection with the attack on Governor Segun Oni and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin.
Parading the students on Tuesday at the Command Headquarters along Iyin Road, Ado-Ekiti, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Suleiman Isa, said the students were identified by owners of some of the vehicles which had their windscreens smashed by the rampaging students.
One of the students arrested was Ajala Tope, a National Diploma I Accounting student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti. Isa alleged that the students were arrested after they were identified by owners of the vehicles that were smashed. Also arrested was Muritala Isiaka, a Physically-challenged Part II student of Business Education, who was said to have been spotted while the protest raged. He was alleged to have smashed the windscreen of a commercial vehicles passing by the gate of the institution.
One of the victims of the violent protest was a commercial bus driver coming from Lokoja to Ado-Ekiti. He ran into the barricade erected by the students on Iworoko-Ado Road and in the process, the rear windscreen of his Nissan Sunny saloon car was smashed by the missiles launched by some of the students.
No fewer than six vehicles were destroyed by the students including police vans.
The ACP disclosed that investigations into the crisis had commenced, noting that the involvement of the arrested students would be investigated before arraignment anyone found connected with the vandalisation of the vehicles.
The vehicles damaged during the attack are: a Nissan Sunny with registration number, Kogi AQ 544 LKJ, Nissan Primera with registration number, Lagos LM 23 AA, Toyota Camry V6 XLE with registration number Ekiti AE 968 DEK.
Other vehicles are: Two Toyota Sport Utility Vehicles(SUV) and a Peugeot 504 Station Wagon, belonging to the State Police Command. The ACP, however, warned that the command would not fold its arms and watch anyone break the law and order and destroy other people’s property.