The Commission of Police in Oyo State, Mr Abiodun Odude and the Executive Director of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, IAR&T Professor James Adediran have disagreed sharply over who is responsible for the shooting of two staff of the Institute currently lying critical ill at the Emergency Department of the University of Ibadan Hospital ,UCH.
While Odude says that his men were not responsible for the shooting of two female members of staff of the Institute, Adediran is insistent that they were shot by policemen drafted to quell students’ protest at the Federal College of Agriculture (FCA), Apata, Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Monday.
The students who were protesting the closure of their school, blocked the gates to the IAR&T, preventing vehicles and people from gaining access into the institute which shares the same premises with the college. This, however, caused a gridlock on Ibadan-Abeokuta Road at Apata.
According to Odude “Police fired teargas to push the students to the extreme and were able to arrest some of the students that threw the stones. There was no gun shot.” He said that four policemen sustained injuries from stones throne at them by the students, adding that the culprits have been arrested.
Prof. Adediran disagrees. “In the process of shooting, two personnel of IAR&T who have nothing to do neither with the students nor the college were shot with live bullets,’’ he said. “A woman was shot in the abdomen while a young lady, an intern with us, was shot in the thigh. Two of them are lying critically ill at the Emergency Department of UCH, Ibadan.’’ NAN