29th July, 2011
Student of Tai Solarin University of Education, TASUED Ijagun and residents of the area in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State have made counter-allegations over the recent bloody protest in the institution which resulted in the killing of a student.
Some residents of Ijagun who spoke with P.M.NEWS denied police report that the student killed whom the police accused of being involved in cult activities was not a cultist.
One of the residents, Madam Sola Oludaisi disclosed that the deceased, Olawale Lasisi, a 200 student of History and Diplomatic Studies, was not known to be a cultist or one who had renounced cultism.
According to her, “Wale was never a member of any cult group. He was a footballer and the captain of school football team. He was in my house the previous night. When police stormed the area and were shooting sporadically, the late Wale was also running for his dear life when he was hit by a stray bullet. He was not one of those who raped the ladies. I learnt that the police claimed the late Wale was one of those who raped the lady. That is a big lie.”
A student who preferred anonymity told our correspondent that he was a room-mate of the late Wale at Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu, while they were pursuing their National Certificate in Education, NCE, programme.
He said: “the late Wale was my room mate in Omu Ijebu while we were doing our NCE programme. We agreed to pursue our degree programme at TASUED. Here we were not in the same room but we still interacted. He was the captain of TASUED school team. He was not a cultist. He was killed by a stray bullet. Police picked his corpse and dumped it in the hospital claiming he was a cultist. I can swear that the late Wale was not a cultist.”
P.M.NEWS learnt that the police came into Ijagun and started shooting. The late Wale was hit by a bullet when he took cover opposite a nursery and primary school. Many people were hit by bullets near the same school. They were rushed to a private hospital in the town. The owner of the hospital, a surgeon at General Hospital, Ijebu-Ode has been taking care of the students.
Some residents of Ijagun also claimed some of the arrested students were innocent. They pleaded with the police to release the innocent students.
In a telephone chat with P.M.NEWS this morning, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Muyiwa Adejobi confirmed that some of the arrested students were innocent and they will be released after police investigation.
Meanwhile, calm has returned to Ijagun and its environs. Armed policemen were seen on campus this morning maintaining the peace.
After the bloody protest, the school was shut and he students have travelled back to their homes.
â€”Biodun Onafuye, Ijebu-Ode