There was tension in the Ogberin area, Ede, Osun State, on Tuesday as some armed police officers clashed with some students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede.
In some of the footages of the incident obtained by The PUNCH, gunshots were heard as people ran in different directions.
Residents of Ogberin, Oja Timi and Pere, all within Ede metropolis, said gunshots were heard around 2.30pm, while streets were deserted and many business places shut.
A reliable security source said a team of police operatives from Osogbo was in the Ogberin area to raid a criminal hideout.
The source added that while attempting to effect arrest, some students recorded the operation with their phones to the chagrin of the policemen, who went for one of the students.
“The student fled and ran into the campus but the police operatives chased him and apprehended him and other students on the premises of the institution, and took them to ‘A’ Division, Pere, Ede.
“Pandemonium, however, ensued while the police were trying to take the students out. They eventually took them to the station,” he said.
The Public Relations Officer of the polytechnic, Sola Lawal, said calm had returned to the campus of the institution.
Lawal said, “Some policemen came from Osogbo to work at Ogberin area, but Hassan Ayobami, an Office Technology Management student, brought out his phone and started recording what was happening.
“The police chased him into the school campus where he was apprehended. The Commissioner of Police has ordered his men to release him. He is back in the lecture room, although his colleagues made an attempt to stop the arrest. I want to assure you that normalcy has returned. The student has been released.”
Also, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, said, “Policemen were in the area to arrest some suspected criminals. While the operation was on, some students started recording, taking pictures and saying all sort of things to the police.
“The men then made attempt to arrest one of the students and his colleagues made attempt to stop the arrest. Normalcy has returned to the area.”