The police say it has calmed the violent protest of students of the University of Osun (UNIOSUN) over the killing of their colleague, Oluwafemi Shonibare, by suspected ritualists.

Folashade Odoro, spokesperson of the Osun police command, said the protest was under control.

The students had gathered at the popular Ola-Iya junction as early as 7.00am, and blocked all the major roads with bonfire.

This resulted in restriction of vehicular movement for hours in the state capital.

The protesting students, who wore black shirts, trousers and skirts, chanted war songs and assaulted motorists and journalists covering the protest.

They also invaded the NUJ correspondent chapel’ s office at Fagbewesa where they slapped a female journalist, Seun Adesokan, and assaulted others for attempting to take their photographs.

The students also attacked a filling station directly opposite the correspondents’ chapel office, destroying a refrigerator placed outside.

They also vandalised properties in other shops.

Shonibare, a 400 level microbiology student of the institution, was declared missing on June 26 by the police.

The state police command confirmed his killing by suspected ritualists after Shonibare’s decomposing body was found in a bush on Tuesday close to the house of an Islamic cleric at Oke-Baale, Osogbo.

Angered by the incessant disappearance of students in the vicinity, some of the residents had set the cleric’s house on fire and also vandalised a mosque .

The police on Tuesday also paraded a 19-year-old apprentice herbalist as well as two other accomplices, while one was said to be at large.

Olufimihan Adeoye, the state police commissioner, while parading the suspects, said they carried out the crime on June 26 at about 7:30pm at Oke-Bale area of Osogbo.

He said the suspects conspired and killed the student by hitting him on the head with a mortar pestle.

Adeoye said the victim’s head, two wrists and palms were cut off while his remains were dumped in a bush.

A 400 level student at the Ipetu Ijesa campus of UNIOSUN, Rofiat Adebisi, was also kidnapped by a driver in December 2016 .

Her corpse was found some days later.

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