Hundreds of students of the Polytechnic Ibadan, Thursday morning, barricaded the main entrance and other gates leading to the institution in protest over the stabbing of one of their colleagues and injuring of another one.
DAILY POST reports that the students in protest against the violence that erupted shortly after a football match on Wednesday, carried placards bearing various solidarity messages.
A HND student in the institution told DAILY POST that the Sports Director of the National Association of Polytechnic Engineering Students (NAPES), Comrade Tobi Oyeniyi was stabbed in the head with another student brutally beaten after the Faculty of Engineering (FENG) Queens lost to their colleagues in the faculty of Business and Communications Studies FBCS Queens on Wednesday.
The football competition, according to him, was held at the Sport Pavilion, North Campus of The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
He said that “Oyeniyi’s shirt was drenching of his blood”.
The source narrated that, “The awful scenario began with the culprits intimidating the FENG QUEENS TEAM after the match, and as the Sports director and head coach of the faculty team, he had to come to the rescue of his players.
“During the match, despite that we were losing with two goals to nil, we were still joking around and maintaining a mutual rapport with the opposite team from FBCS. But then, the culprits started with the throwing of sachet water into our midst to erupt violence, but we still maintained our calmness.
“But after the match, they came harassing the females and that was where some students from engineering interceded. The other student, whose whereabout is still unknown, was beaten brutally.
“Oyeniyi was stabbed in the head in the process. One senator came to his rescue and that was when he was rushed to the Medical Centre for treatment.”
He added, “I didn’t see the need why FBCS would attack them because they won them already, and that the perpetrator of the heinous act were not the opposite team from the FBCS following the chants they made after perpetrating it.”
Public Relations Officer of the Polytechnic, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole confirmed the incident to DAILY POST in a brief telephone conversion Thursday morning.
He said, “They did not protest. They did not protest against the school.
“They had a football match yesterday and resulted into fracas.
“It is an in-fight between them.
“And the school authority has taken the necessary actions. They are not protesting against the school.”