At least 26 students of Tai Solarin College of Education, TASCE, Omu-Ijebu in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, have been expelled from the institution.
Their expulsion followed the rampage and attack on the DPO of Odogbolu Police Division Tuesday.
Confirming the matter to the correspondent Tuesday evening, the Public Relations Officer of the college, Mrs. Fisayo Olajide said the decision was taken after a critical scrutiny of those that were involved in the francas.
Another source quoted the College Registrar, Mr Tunji Kanimodo, to have confirmed the expulsion of the students.
Hell was let loose Tuesday morning as the protesting students clashed with policemen.
The students allegedly beat up a police DPO and damaged his vehicle, after they were prevented from disrupting a semester examination planned for Tuesday morning.
After the attack on the DPO, the police reportedly returned with a reinforcement, and began shooting in the air to disperse the protesters. The police also made some arrests.
The students claimed one of them was hit by the shots fired by the police, but the police denied the claim.
Trouble began after some student leaders, protesting the dissolution of their Students’ Union Government, SUG, by the school authorities, demanded its reinstatement before a school examination could go on.
The school’s management suspended the SUG last week after it had also disrupted the examinations which were originally meant to start last Monday.
The student leaders were said to have taken the action to protest a management’s decision to prevent students who had not paid their school fees from writing the exams.
The school authorities and the SUG later reached a truce, and the examinations were rescheduled for Tuesday, while a number of policemen were deployed in the school to keep the peace.
But before the exercise could commence, some SUG leaders insisted that the suspended union be reinstated first, which led to the confrontation between them and the police.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident and said peace has returned to the premises.
Adejobi blamed the crisis on some miscreants who joined some students to disrupt academic activities at the school campus and attacked the Odogbolu Police Division DPO.