Two students of Osun State University, (UNIOSUN), Osogbo, identified as Kazeem Adesola and Ibrahim Ajao, were on danger list on Saturday at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTETH), Osogbo, following the injuries they sustained from gun shots by policemen.
The policemen were from the headquarters of Zone 11 of the Nigerian Police Force controlling Osun, Oyo and Ondo states.
It was gathered that the students were, Saturday morning, playing football at a pitch off-campus around Oke-Baale, Osogbo when the policemen suddenly came in mufti and accused some of the students of engaging in internet fraud also known as Yahoo-Yahoo (YY).
According to Vanguard, one of the students, who claimed to have witnessed the incident, said the policemen were in the habit of harassing UNIOSUN students and extorting them, saying an attempt by the students to resist the harassment led to the shooting.
“We were playing football when they came. They always come like that to arrest students here. They would say that we are involved in Yahoo-Yahoo and they would seize our laptops and phones”, the eye witness narrated.
“They would collect money on the pretext of bail. But we resisted them on this one. Within a twinkle of an eye, the policemen started shooting.
“When the policemen started shooting, we ran away but the bullet hit two of us and they were rushed to hospital. A bullet hit one near his stomach and another bullet hit the second one in his mouth”.
Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, confirmed the incident and disclosed that the affected policemen had been arrested and detained Adeoye.
He assured that the suspects would face the full wrath of the law.
In his reaction, UNIOSUN VC, Professor Labode Popoola, said the students were exposed to danger because they were living off campus since the institution is non-residential.