A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Alimeke Ignatius, suffred severe head injury during a clash between some secondary school students in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
According to sources, students of Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School in Abeokuta engaged one another in a free for all on Monday November 22.
The students hurled stones and other missiles at themselves, blocked the main road, grounding vehicular traffic and causing tension among the residents of the area.
Alimeke, the DPO of of Obantoko Division, led his men to the scene to quell the violence only to be attacked by the rampaging 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.