A protest embarked upon by students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, on Tuesday evening turned out to be a violent protest as properties were vandalised.
Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, who was on tour of council areas in the state, escaped being attacked by the protesting students as they destroyed all the vehicles in her convoy.
Eyewitnesses alleged that no fewer than two persons are feared killed during the protest by the students.
The students had got hint of the presence of Mrs. Fayemi, as she was said to have been to two other council areas earlier while sources claimed she was “whisked away from the scene in a commando-like manner”, adding that others in her convoy scampered to safety.
Sources also alleged that the protesters, which comprised students, hoodlums and commercial bike operators, attacked a Police van and reportedly seized two rifles from policemen.
According to findings made available to schoolworld, hoodlums and commercial bike operators had join the students in the protest over poor power situation in the two campuses of the institution and the host community.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the state, Caleb Ikechukwu, while reacting to the development, confirmed the attack on the governor’s wife, debunked reports that two persons were killed in the protest.
The students’ protest, which started as early as 6.30am, came on the heels of an earlier one about four months ago over the same cause, with the placards-carrying students massed at the gates of their campuses to prevent entry which affected the free flow of traffic.
Oluwaseun Awodola, President of the Students Union Government of the institution, while addressing the students during the protest, lamented poor power supply, which he said had heightened insecurity of lives and property on the two campuses and host communities.
FUOYE Public Relations Officer, Godfrey Bakji, who stated that the institution was not in charge of power supply, described the protest as senseless and appealed to the students not to disrupt academic activities.