The Ogun state chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Joint Campus Committee, NANS/JCC has given the State Police Command a 48-hour ultimatum to arrest and prosecute two of its officers, who are accused of brutalizing a student in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The group also demanded that a compensation of N50million should be paid to the victim, Mr. Taiwo Peter and a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, be signed between the State Police Commissioner and the leadership of the Union in the state to give assurance of cooperation between them.
The student union threatened that it will mobilize students across the state to stage a powerful protest, which has never been witnessed in the recent times if the police fail to comply.
It would be recalled that a HND 1 Computer Science student of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, Ojere, Abeokuta, Taiwo Peter was last week Thursday chased to his room and severely brutalized by the policemen attached to Adigbe Police station, Abeokuta.
The two accused police officers are: ASP Emmanuel Ogundaisi and CPL Ajayi Samuel.
According to NANS, the two policemen accused the three students of reading for their examinations outside their residence and injured them, while the two female students escaped after brief beating, Taiwo was chased to his house by the brutal policemen and was beaten to coma with their baton.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, which was signed by the NANS/JCC Chairman in the state, Comrade Dotun Opaleye, a.k.a. Zamora, it was revealed that the Peter is now suffering from a horrific psychological trauma, capable of destroying his psychological balance.
According to him, “How can a human being working in a sane society after brutalizing a young boy, who is enough to be his son. What can we say about a policeman who is being paid by the tax payer’s money to protect lives and properties of the citizenry but suddenly turned from a protector of the oppressed to a torturer and ‘Near Executor’?
“As we write this petition, the lad, Taiwo Peter cannot speak intelligently anymore as we suspect that the vicious blows to his head might have reconfigured the brains operation. He cannot ear, sit, stand, sleep or think properly, he has suffered a horrific psychological trauma capable of destroying his psychological balance,” the statement read.
The student union frowned at the police reaction to their letter after the incident but students warned that if the police refuse to take this incident seriously, they will be forced to go for a showdown with them.