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  • Updated: February 23, 2024

KWASU students attack Malete police station following NDLEA raid

KWASU students attack Malete police station following NDLEA

Some disgruntled students at Kwara State University, Malete assaulted the town's divisional police station on Thursday following a raid by Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency investigators on suspected black spots near the school.

Responding to the development on Friday, the state police command, through spokesperson DSP Ejire Adeyemi Toun, said, "Reports indicated that the gatherings, which began at about 1600hrs, centred around grievances related to the recent raids on black spots around the school's premises by NDLEA operatives."

“Students living off campus expressed their dissent, marched from various parts of the town to Okoru Junction close to Malete Police Division, carrying placards with various inscriptions such as “Say No to NDLEA.”

She explained that efforts were made to communicate with the students, convincing them to return to their respective hostels and keep peace.

“In the process, they encountered a white Toyota Hilux vehicle with registration number Lagos AGL 574 HZ, occupied by four armed policemen from Ila-orangun led by Inspector Ibrahim Ali and three others on an official assignment to Malete.

“They were mistaken for operatives of drug law enforcement agents. Consequently, the students chased them to Malete Divisional Police Headquarters, where the students began to throw stones into the police station.

“Regrettably, this led to some damages to the rooftop of the station and the windscreen of vehicles parked in the station. The Policemen fired tear gas canisters to disperse the violent crowd and prevent further damage at the police station.

“Additionally, one police officer, PC Fayemi Kehinde, sustained minor injuries as a result of the stones thrown at the police station. He was given first aid treatment at the hospital and discharged,” she added

However, the DPO Shao Division and three additional tactical teams are currently on the ground to help de-escalate the situation.

Victor Olaiya, the state Police Commissioner, has asked all KWASU students participating in the attack to exhibit restraint and seek to resolve issues via peaceful conversation.

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