The management of the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti, FUOYE, has constituted a 12-man investigative panel to unravel the cause of the violent protest, leading to an attack on the convoy of wife of Ekiti State governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi.
The students on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, staged a violent protest in Oye-Ekiti over incessant power outage in the institution, leading to an attack on Erelu Fayemi while on an empowerment and advocacy tour to engage with women in the local government.
They were said to have engaged the security operatives detailed with the governor’s wife in a clash, with two persons reportedly killed and several injured. Over a dozen of vehicles were vandalised by the students.
According to an internal memo signed on Thursday, September 12, 2019, by the Director of Administration in the office of the Vice Chancellor, Mr. Olatunbosun Odusanya, the panel will be headed by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Fasina.
The management led by its VC, Prof. Kayode Soremekum, said the step was part of measures to forestall future occurrence and sanitise the university system.
The management, according to the memo, gave the panel two weeks to submit its report.
The Ekiti Police Command has arrested two students of FUOYE in connection with the attack.
Addressing journalists in Ado- Ekiti on Thursday, September 12, 2019, Police Commissioner Mr. Asuquo Amba said two of his men were wounded, while two police vans were burnt during the attack.
“Two persons have been arrested and one of them has confessed to the commission of the crime.
“When a crime is committed, we don’t fold our arms and watch. Even a civilian can effect arrest if a crime is committed in front of him and hand the suspects over to the police,” the CP said.
The police boss condemned the attack on the police while performing their constitutional duties.
“It is sad that the police are being attacked by criminals, and the civilians whom we are protecting are also attacking our people.
“We won’t rest until the perpetrators of this dastardly attack are arrested and brought to justice,” Amba said.
He added that the two rifles stolen from the police during the crisis have been retrieved.
But the lawmaker representing Ekiti North Federal Constituency, Peter Owolabi, has demanded a thorough and full investigation into the matter by the security agencies.
Owolabi, who condemned the ugly incident, berated fifth columnists for distorting the story for any intended reasons, saying Ekiti people and Nigerians know that Erelu Fayemi is a human rights activist and a social crusader.
According to a statement signed on Thursday, September 12, 2019, in Ado-Ekiti, “it was neither new nor out of place for citizens, especially students, to express their grievances, but such should be done in a civil manner.
“But it was rather unfortunate that the hijacked protest by hoodlums cost the students the opportunity to meet the governor’s wife, who is a human rights activist and who could have conveyed their message to appropriate quarters.”
The lawmaker, however, commiserated with the bereaved families.
He wished those still receiving treatment a speedy recovery.
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