The Ekiti police command Today dismissed the claim that its personnel had killed some students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), who protested against epileptic power supply to the institution.
The protest yesterday led to the suspension of the tour of the 16 local government areas by Bisi Fayemi. Wife of the state governor. The university authorities have also announced the indefinite closure of the school.
Caleb Ikechukwu, the state police public relations officer (PPRO), however, said that he was not aware of any death emanating from the students’ protests.
The police officers at the scene pacified the protesting students, removed the blockade they erected and dispersed them peacefully.
However, the protesting students turned around in their numbers and took their plight to Her Excellency, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, the wife of Gov. Kayode Fayemi, who was at an empowerment program in the town.
The protesting students suddenly became unruly, hostile and took laws into their hands, and vandalized the motorcade of the governor’s wife.
The protesting students did not stop at that, they also assaulted the policemen who were at the scene to maintain law and order, and damaged police vehicle found at the scene. Investigation is ongoing to bring the perpetrators to book.Caleb Ikechukwu
Meanwhile, Kayode Soremekun, the institution’s vice-chancellor, has announced the immediate closure of the institution.
He also issued a statement to that effect.
The unfortunate incident acted out by the students forced the authorities of the Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) to announce the immediate and indefinite closure of the university, to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
In the same vein, the students union of the institution is hereby disbanded indefinitely.
Following this closure, the students’ population are hereby ordered to vacate the university premises.
Further developments will be communicated in due course.”Kayode Soremekun
The university condemned the violence that followed the protest by the students against the epileptic power supply to the community.
Our findings revealed that the students gathered themselves and blocked the Abuja-Ado and Ijan-Ikole highways from the early hours of Tuesday till about 2.00 p.m.
After much persuasions by the university ‘s internal security personnel and the federal security agencies, they dispersed.
Only for the news to get to the university authority thereafter that the students had assaulted the motorcade of Mrs Bisi Fayemi and vandalised some vehicles in the motorcade.
In view of the foregoing, the management at an emergency meeting discussed and reviewed the unruly behaviour of the students.Kayode Soremekun