Pandemonium as gunshots rock Ogun poly

There was pandemonium yesterday as students, the teaching and non-teaching staff of the D S Adegbenro Polytechnic, Itori, Ewekoro, Ogun State scampered for safety following sporadic gunshots at the institution.

Our correspondent gathered that the sound of a gun was heard shortly after the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Ogun State chapter gained entry into the premises of the institution.

The incident happened 24 hours after students blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to protest against the management over the examination matters.

Both sides of the expressway were blocked by the protesting students causing traffic gridlock which left many motorists stranded for hours.

According to the students, the management disallowed some of their colleagues from writing the examination on Tuesday for not meeting up to 75 per cent attendance.

Less than 24 hours after the protest, gunshots rocked the institution, creating tension in the academic environment.

A source told our correspondent that both teaching and non-teaching staff on Thursday became agitated following the sound of a gunshot and scampered for safety.

The source said: “Nobody knows what is going to happen next to any staff in the institution as the situation is getting tense by day”.

The NANS leaders reportedly stormed the institution in a tinted jeep with a NASS number plate.

They allegedly blocked the gate that led to the entrance of the Rector’s office.

When contacted, NANS Chairman, Damilola Simeon denied knowing anything about the shooting.

He confirmed that there was the sound of a gunshot shortly after he and his team arrived the campus.

The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Yinka Adegbite, said there was no casualty.

He said: “The NANS exco in Ogun State led by their Chairman, Comrade Damilola Simeon, came to register their displeasure over how their Chairman, Damilola was treated yesterday, the matter of yesterday became a mob action, nobody could say it is this person that attacked their chairman yesterday.

“But in any case, the chairman was reportedly attacked and so they came this morning to register their displeasure, while we were inside discussing with them, we heard the loud bang outside.

“We didn’t see the gun and so I can’t confirm that, when people heard the sound, they got scared and they assumed it was a gunshot

“They have gone back now. We have discussed with them. We have assured them that there is no way the management would have orchestrated that type of attack.”




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