3rd August, 2011
Tai Solarin University of Education, TASUED, in Ijagun, Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State was reopened today after a week closure following the crisis that occurred in the school.
A a student, Olawale Lasisi, was allegedly killed by the police during the violent protest occasioned by the raping of two female students alleged to belong to a female cult group in the campus.
The students were said to belong to Red Rose cult group and were allegedly raped by some suspected cultists that belong to another cult group, Aiye Fraternity, who took the nude pictures of the girls and posted them on the internet.
Our correspondent gathered that only a few students returned to school today after it was reopened, while the school authority is meeting on the penalty to be meted out to the students to serve as a deterrent to them.
A source at the school confirmed to P.M.NEWS today that the students will pay some fine for the damage they caused, but stated that he cannot say specifically how much they will be paying.
He disclosed that the students during their protest last week, went to the Abapawa Police Post, a town close to the campus and unleashed terror on police officers there and later went in to burn virtually all the documents in the station.
Some students who spoke to our correspondent maintained that, the fine may cause another problem, saying that the management would want to use the opportunity to deal with them.
â€™â€™We believe that the school may be closed again because if the authority impose heavy fine on us for causing some damage. We will resist it. Nothing was damage in the campus, not even a block was broken. But they may want to use the situation on ground to enrich themselves, we know all those that are doing that.
“But if a fine must be imposed, it must be minimal so tha it will not stress us too much. Not all of us committed the offence, but where the guilty are being punished, the innocent will have a share in it.â€™â€™
A senior official in the institution who spoke with P.M.NEWS under anonymity stated that normal academic session cannot commence in the campus for now as the majority of the students are yet to return to school while those that were around are still scared of reprisal attack from rival cult groups.
Efforts to get the University spokesman, Barr. Gbenga Omilola on phone to comment on the development proved abortive as calls were not going through.
Meanwhile, the case of the 53 students arrested by the police, according to the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muyiwa Adejobiase, has been charged to court, but he could not ascertain when the matter will come up.
â€˜â€™ I can confirm to you that the case has been charged to court but I do not know when the matter will come up in court. The suspects have been remanded in custody and I cannot say anything on whether some of them have been released or not,â€™â€™ Adejobi disclosed.
By Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta