The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Ogun State has distanced itself from the shooting at the D S Adegbenro Polytechnic, Itori in Ewekoro local government area, on Thursday, describing the incident as disheartening and most unfortunate.
The students of the polytechnic blocked the Lagos – Abeokuta expressway in protest against the management of the institution over a policy which states that only students with 75% attendance in class for a particular lecture would be allowed to sit for examination.
During the protest, the NANS chairman, Comrade Damilola Simeon and members of his Exco who were on peace mission were allegedly attacked by some hoodlums who hijacked the protest.
Following the protest, sporadic gunshots rocked the polytechnic with students and staff scampered for safety.
But, reacting to the Thursday gunshot incident, the NANS chairman said, he did not go back to the institution on a revenge mission, but to witness the signing of a peace pact between the management of the institution and the students representatives.
He denied any involvement of the association in the unrest, during and after the students protest in the institution.
“What happened on Wednesday during the protest of students of D S Adegbenro Polytechnic, Itori was disheartening and most unfortunate.
“It was a misunderstanding between the management of the institution and the students over the school policy which states that only students with 75% attendance in class for a particular lecture would be allowed to sit for examination.
“With my swift intervention during the protest, the issues were being resolved and the protest subsiding, only for some hoodlums to hijack the protest and attempted to turn it into a major crisis by attacking me and some members of my Exco.
“These unfortunate individuals thought we were going to engage them in a fight so that their aim to disrupt the peace the good people of Ogun State have been enjoying can be achieved, but they were soon disappointed when my team, despite provocative attacks, continued on our peace mission.
“As the number one student in Ogun State and the true representative of the good students of Ogun State, I am more than committed to peace, tranquility and progress of our dear State.
“I also strongly believe in dialogue and peaceful resolution of whatever conflict between our students and any other member of the society.”