During an altercation between several secondary school students in Abeokuta, Ogun state, a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Alimeke Ignatius was left with a shattered head.
On Monday, November 22, pupils from Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School in Abeokuta engaged in a free for all, according to reports.
The students threw stones and other projectiles at each other, blocking the major road, halting traffic and increasing stress among the locals.
The Obantoko Division’s DPO, Alimeke, led his men to the location to stop the unrest, only to be attacked by the rioting students.
The students reportedly hauled stones at the operatives, which hit the DPO on the head.
Alimeke sustained a grievous injury on his head and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, said the students engaged in a fight and the police from the Obantoko station were called to take charge of the situation.
“The DPO was hit by stones. The students were throwing stones and other objects at themselves during the fight,” Oyeyemi said, adding that no arrest was made.
“We cannot arrest the students because they are minors. We can only detain and counsel them, after which they will be released.” the PPRO said.
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has condemned the attack, describing it as “uncivilized and unwarranted”.
The state Chairman of PCRC, Samson Kunle Popoola, in a statement signed by his media aide, Babatunde Odeyemi, lamented the public disorder by secondary school students in the state.
“If this is not quickly checked, it may portray a great danger for the future of this country.” he stated.