Hundreds of Osun students were protesting the continued closure of their institutions of learning, due to an industrial action by the academic and non-academic staff of Nigerian polytechnics.
They are students from Osun State-owned polytechnic school, and the various state-run colleges of education.
The students, numbering over 200, marched down a busy road, and later converged at the Orita Ola-Iya junction, in Oshogbo. But, eyewitnesses told SaharaReporters they were dispersed shortly afterwards by a heavily armed police unit dressed in riot gear. The police stormed their gathering where several scuffles had broken out.
The policemen at the scene reportedly arrested about sixteen of the students. Eyewitnesses say the arrests were violent. Injuries sustained as a result of the mass arrest have so far not been reported.
Others students who were dispersed from that group, numbering under 100, later moved to another junction, at Oke-Ifa to continue on with their protest.