Students of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, on Tuesday protested against the management of the institution after they were prevented from writing their examinations over failure to pay their recently increased fees on time.
One student was shot and several others were injured on Wednesday after the students’ protest turned a violent free-for-all fight where cultists used broken bottles and other dangerous weapons to attack each other.
An eyewitness, Adedayo Agarau, who spoke to Student Pulse said it had earlier been rumoured that the TASUED management has plans to force those who are yet to pay their fees to repeat their current levels.
"This led to ‘rush-to-pay-school fees’ fever which blew around the school like a wild fire," Agarau said.
The rumors turned out to be true and students were not allowed into the examinations halls yesterday because there were unable to print their pass which would notify the exam coordinators that they truly have paid.
Unfortunately, some of those denied entrance had actually paid but were unable to print their passes.
"Most of these students affected are those caught in the fever of ‘rush-to-pay-school fees," Agarau explained.
They were however not allowed into the halls until examinations were concluded, meaning that they would have to resit the missed courses in the next session.
Agarau, a Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) trainee said this development angered the students.
"So angry students started protesting against such an unfeeling management.
"Soon the venue became clouded with armed securities and the students too sheltered themselves with broken bottles and others with their bare fists.
"It became bloody when it turned into a war ground of natives and rebels.
Other sources say the the fight took a different turn when cultists joined in and security personnel began to shoot at the students.
Several students were injured and had to be rushed to the near by school clinic.
"Come to ijele to see number of students that were beaten like nylon," a student of the school Tasued Parrot posted on Facebook.
There are calls for a rescheduling of exams to allow those who were denied entrance write their own papers.
Meanwhile, there are new rumours that the management will impose a N10, 000 on all students for the damages caused by the protest.
Soldiers are now patrolling in the streets of Ijagun even as tension remains.