Ondo State students from the oil producing communities on Thursday protested in Akure over the non-payment of their bursary allowances. The students allegedly beat up government officials and injured three policemen.
It was gathered that before the arrival of the security operatives, the students had locked the entrance to the commission and booed its chairman, Johnson Ogunyemi.
Ogodo said the students stormed the commission “in a fully loaded taxi and four 18-seat buses with all sorts of dangerous weapons like cable wires, sticks, iron rods, matches, machetes, containers containing substances suspected to be petrol and threatening to burn down the offices.
The PPRO added, “They also went as far as holding hostage the Permanent Secretary, a director, a student on IT was also rough handled and other staff were beaten mercilessly.
“All effort to persuade the students proved abortive and the police had to call for reinforcement as the situation was getting out of hand; to the extent of planning to abduct the permanent secretary and director.
“The police however prevailed on them; 47 suspects were arrested and three policemen were injured.”