Students Unrest Hit Kwara Poly, Police Allay Fears

Kwara State Police Command has allayed the fears agitating the minds of the general public, especially residents around Kwara State Polytechnic area, following the pandemonium experienced early Saturday within the area.

The Police Command noted that the crisis arose as a result of the attack unleashed on a team of Police detectives from the Special Tactical Squad (STS) FIB, Abuja, who came on the trail of some cultists in the area.

Choicereporters recalls that, cultists attacked and killed a student of Kwara State University, Malete yesterday 28/1/2022, Four of the cultists were arrested and dangerous weapons were recoverd from the suspects.

“Information available to the STS team indicated that some of the cultists were hiding at Lajolo area of Kwara Polytechnic Ilorin, where similar attack was unleashed on one student named Idris Aderemi by same cultists at about 0600hrs today 29/1/22, in the same area.

“This prompted the visit to the area by the STS team.
Surprisingly, the cultists who were already in ambush, attacked the police team damaging the police Hummer bus and inflicting a gunshot injury on the head of one police Sergeant, Adebayo Abdulahi attached to the STS team.

“In the ensuing inbroglio, students in their numbers came out to block the road and prevented free flow of traffic and burning tyres on the road.

“The Commissioner of Police Kwara State, CP Tuesday Assayomo psc (+) immediately dispatched teams of Policemen to the area to restore peace.

“However, two cultists, one Ahmed ‘m’ surname unknown and one Musibau ‘m’ A.K.A Shaban were arrested with one fabricated English pistol with 3 live ammunition, 2 live cartridges and one pistol magazine.

The injured policeman and the suspects have been taken to the hospital for treatment

“The commissioner of police wishes to advise members of the Public to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of attack or intimidation,” police said.

According to the police spokesperson, Okasanmi Ajayi calm has been totally restored in the affected area, while Policemen are on standby to forestall any further act of lawlessness from any quarters.

Meanwhile, Abdulkadir Yunus, Public Relations Officer Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, has drawn attention to the misinformation making round in some quarters that the Kwara Polytechnic Campus is under siege by students protest.

According to him, it is pertinent to clear the air that the Polytechnic Students are law abiding citizens and will not indulge in any illegal activity that will disrupt their academic careers.

He said the incident that occurred at Lajolo community early this morning was between the Police and Lajolo community and has nothing to do with the Polytechnic Students or the Campus, as first semester CBT examinations are going on right now in the Campus without any disturbance.

However, the management of the Polytechnic has magnanimously accepted the plea of the students who could not make it to the campus before the blockage at Oyun, to rescheduling their examinations on another date to be communicated to them via their heads of the department.

Edited by Felix Ajide