The Oyo state commissioner of police, Mr Abiodun Odude has threatened to “waste the lives” of University of Ibadan students should they make good their threat to protest on the Iwo-Ojoo road on Monday (today).
Odude made the threat on the evening of Sunday, 28 May 2017, while he spoke on phone to the Students’ Union President of University of Ibadan, Mr. Ojo Aderemi.
While speaking to Aderemi, the police commissioner reportedly said the Students’ Union will “pick dead bodies” if it mobilises students to demonstrate.
Mr Aderemi, however, placed another call to him where he continued the threat.
In the telephone conversation which lasted asted exactly one minute and twenty-four seconds, Odude said, “I am telling you in very clear terms and I want you to understand me. If you come out of that University of Ibadan tomorrow, I will deal with anybody that does that.
“If you want to protest, protest within your university. And if there is any damage to any government property, I will deal with you and I will be stern with you because you are the President of that union,” he threatened.
“So go and warn your students – if they like their lives, none of them should come out of that school because I am ready for you o ! If they want to waste their lives, let them come out. If any student comes out in protest tomorrow and blocks any road, I will deal with him.
“Tell them that you spoke to the Commissioner of Police and that is what he told you. I am not joking. And I will be there by myself, not that I will deploy men,” he added.
The Page reported that the police commissioner had earlier requested that the Union President come to his residence for an unknown reason.
Mr Aderemi had then called to apologise for his inability to visit when the rude shock came.
Students of the University of Ibadan had on Saturday, May 27 held a Congress where they resolved to protest poor welfare on campus and inability of the school management to produce students’ identity cards for 3 semesters.
The students also resolved to taking their demonstration to media houses.