Victims of the shooting, who were shot during the protest, are now recuperating at the hospital according to a police representative, who rendered an apology on behalf of the force.
The policemen, who are from the ‘B’ Division Police Station, Otapete, fired at the students, who were carrying out a protest at the time.
They have been taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, for attention, after sustaining gunshot injuries.
The protest occurred on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the police station, due to violent incident.
The students then took their protest to the Owo/Akure Expressway, which affected movement of vehicles.
According to Olanrewaju, who is a student at the polytechnic, a police vehicle hit some of his colleagues, but they were reportedly abandoned by the officers.
“The students were on a motorcycle when the policemen used their vehicle to hit them. They did not bother to take the students to the hospital which prompted the students’ protest this morning (Sunday). The policemen were shooting continuously; three students were injured in the process.”
Mr. Femi Joseph, who is the Police Public Relations Officer, apologised to the students for the incident, stating that it wasn’t intentional.
Joseph said, “The hitting of the students by the police vehicle was accidental. It was a total lie that the driver abandoned the students because he immediately took the victims to a hospital and they are currently receiving treatment.”
Though still at the hospital, the affected students are now recuperating and are reported to be in stable condition, according to Punch.