A disturbing incident unfolded in Ibadan, Oyo State, as seven operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) found themselves under attack and held hostage by students and staff of the Federal College of Forestry, Idishin Estate. The confrontation occurred when the EFCC operatives were attempting to authenticate the identity and address of one Azeez Oluwakemi, who had stood as a surety for a suspected internet fraudster, Alakinde Kolawole, in the custody of the commission.
According to Dele Oyewale, Head of Media and Publicity for the EFCC, the students and staff of the college became hostile toward the authorized EFCC operation. The college’s Student Union President and some staff members were accused of inciting violence against the EFCC operatives.
Oyewale detailed the hostility, revealing that the bus transporting the operatives was vandalized, and the crowd hurled stones and dangerous objects at the vehicle. A rescue team eventually managed to release the seven operatives who were held hostage by the angry crowd.
Remarkably, despite the unprovoked attack, the EFCC operatives exercised restraint and refrained from using force against their aggressors. They fired warning shots into the air to disperse the unruly crowd, avoiding injuries to students and staff.
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In response to this troubling incident, students of the college, led by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Zone D, organized a protest against the EFCC’s invasion and the alleged shooting within their campus. The students claimed that some of their peers were struck by stray bullets during the invasion, while others sustained injuries in the ensuing chaos.
The students called on the Inspector-General of Police to investigate the incident and bring the officers involved to justice. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police maintained a presence a short distance from the protesters to monitor and ensure law and order. This incident has raised concerns about the safety and conduct of law enforcement operations on college campuses.
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