At least two students of the Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun yesterday sustained serious injuries during a face-off between the police and students of the college. The students had in the early hours of yesterday protested against the failure of the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola to reduce the tuition fee in the institution, as he promised after the Education Summit organised by the state government. The protest which led to the burning of tyres on the campus caused the vandalisation of vehicles owned by lecturers of the institution and other vehicle owners.
The students who carried placards with various inscriptions also burnt tyres in front of the private residence of the National Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Bisi Akande who is also the Asiwaju of Ila-Orangun.
Reports say trouble started in the college when the dean, faculty of science, J. O Bamgbala announced at a meeting with students of the faculty that both the 100 level and 200 level students of the institution would pay N28,000 as tuition fees. While the new students agreed to pay, the 200 level students allegedly refused on the basis that they paid a similar amount as tuition fees in the last academic session. The students thereafter mobilized their colleagues against the arrangement. The students locked the main gate to the campus and prevented people from entering. They also went to the staff schools and locked the pupils up, preventing their parents who are mostly lecturers of the college from gaining entry into the schools.
The students also took their protests round the community but were met by Mobile police officers who shut down the protests by shooting sporadically into the air, causing some of the students to sustain injuries. prevented them students from further protest.