SP Alimeke Ignatius, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Obantoko Division in Adatan Area Command of Abeokuta, Ogun State, and his men were reportedly attacked by some rogue students from two secondary schools in the state capital.
The officers were allegedly attacked during a fight between students from Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School in the Asero neighborhood.
According to reports, students from the two schools engaged in a bloody brawl before men from the Obantoko police station were called in to quell the situation.
It was also reported that the students, who threw stones and other missiles at themselves, blocked the main road, causing tension among the locals.
The students allegedly injured Alimeke and some of his men who raced to the scene of the incident to maintain law and order.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
According to Oyeyemi, students from Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School got into a fight, and the Obantoko police station was called in to handle the situation.
“The DPO was pelted with stones.” During the fight, the students were throwing stones and other objects at each other,” Oyeyemi said.
When asked if any arrests had taken place, Oyeyemi responded, “We cannot arrest the students because they are minors.” We can only detain and counsel them before releasing them.”
Meanwhile, the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) state chapter has condemned the attack, calling it “uncivilized and unwarranted.”
In a statement signed by his media aide, Babatunde Odeyemi, the state Chairman of PCRC, Samson Kunle Popoola, 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.”
Remember that secondary school students in Ogun State have recently attacked their teachers whenever they are punished for misbehaving.
There are also concerns that cultism is becoming the norm among minors in various schools across the state.
However, the state government claimed to be on top of the situation, instructing teachers to refrain from using corporal punishment when reprimanding their students.