Policemen, attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ondo State, on Monday, allegedly invaded a hostel of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State.
The policemen were alleged to have beaten up some students of the institution they met in the hostel.
It was gathered that the incident happened around 4am while the students, who were living in the hostel, were ending a party.
A source said many of students allegedly suffered injuries following the alleged brutality by the cops.
One of the students said that the policemen invaded the hostel in a commando style without respecting the privacy of the students.
He said the policemen claimed to be searching for some cult members in the hostel.
He said: “The incident happened around 4am after the students finished their hostel party. The operatives stormed the hostel as if they were going to war. They broke doors, burglar-proof bars and ceilings to gain entry.
“The students initially did not open the door for them, thinking the policemen were armed robbers. That was how they started breaking the doors to enter.
“When they entered the hostel, they started beating everybody. Many students suffered injuries. However, some students who gave them bribes, were released, while those who couldn’t were whisked away by the officers.”
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, said the Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju, had ordered an investigation into the matter.
Joseph said: “Three students that were arrested have been released and the Commissioner has ordered a full investigation into the matter. After the investigation, if the policemen are found culpable, they will pay for it. We don’t allow indiscipline in this command.
“I call on any students who were brutalised to come to my office with evidence. I promise that we won’t spare any officer found culpable.”