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Students Protest Arrest Of Colleague In Asaba

Posted: Jun 14, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi , Asaba

Arrest of a student of the College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State simply identified as Ejiofor sparked-off protest from his colleagues on Thursday.

The students who started the protest at about 8.15am locked up the gates leading to the institution, maintaining that they would not shift ground until their colleague was released from detention.

The operatives fired some gunshots into the air to scare the students before they were able to whisk Ejiofor and some of the students who allegedly participated in the mob action away.

But the Provost of the institution, Dr. Nwanze Ezoem did not toe the line of the security men, as he made efforts to bring the situation under control by pacifying both parties.

Trouble started when he was arrested for allegedly hitting a police officer’s vehicle with his motorcycle.

Ejiofor, a commercial motorcycle operator was said to have hit the vehicle at Junic Junction, along Ibusa Road of the state capital, where an argument ensued between him and the police officer.

According to an eyewitness, rather than showing remorse for his action, he allegedly bragged that he was a student of the institution which is just a stone throw from the scene of commotion.

Apparently irked by Ejiofor’s attitude, the officer was said to have gone into the school to lodge a formal complaint. In the process, Ejiofor rode his motorcycle into the school premises where the officer identified him.

The officer had earlier mobilised a patrol team, and as Ejiofor was leaving the school premises, he was held by police.

While he was resisting arrest at the entrance gate of the college, the commotion caught the attention of some students who were passing by, following the alarm that the police were taking him away to an unknown offense.

The alarm resulted into a mob action, a situation that led to further destruction of the police officer’s car parked in front of the school gate.

DSP Celestina Kalu, Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), confirmed the incident, saying the matter was under investigation.