Posted on Wed 11 Sep 2019, 08:22 AM

The wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, was attacked by the protesting student of Federal University, Oye Ekiti, while on a tour of council areas in the state.

The students who were protesting against the lack of power in the institution got hint of the presence of the governor's wife and took the protest to where she was.

It was gathered that no fewer than two persons were feared killed in the protest.

A source said the governor’s wife was “whisked away from the scene of the protest while others in her convoy scampered to safety.

However, some people, including journalists in Mrs Fayemi’s convoy, were injured in the attack.

Reports said the protesters also torched a police van and seized two rifles from policemen.

A source said, “Hoodlums and commercial motorcycle operators joined the students in the protest over poor power situation in the two campuses of the university.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the attack on the governor’s wife, said nobody was  killed in the protest.

In his words, “There was no loss of live. The students protested and blocked the Ifaki-Ikole-Omuo highway and prevented free flow of traffic. The students vandalised the property of BEDC.

“When policemen went there to dialogue with them, they ignored them. The wife of the governor who went on local government tour ran into the protesters.”

Recall that the student protested four month ago about the same issue of lack of power in the two campuses, a situation which had heightened insecurity in the institution.

The President of the Students’ Union Government, Oluwaseun Awodola, had lamented that hoodlums were taking advantage of poor power supply in the campus to perpetrate all kinds of crime in the institution.

FUOYE Public Relations Officer, Mr Godfrey Bakji, who said the university was not in control of power, described the protest as senseless.

“We appealed to the students not to disrupt academic activities,” he added.

However, the Chief Press Secretary to Ekiti State Governor, Yinka Oyebode, said the attack on Mrs Fayemi’s convoy was unfortunate.

Oyebode said, “The students visited the situation on the wife of the governor who was going there to empower women and other people that are vulnerable.

“The attack was misplaced and very unfortunate, but I hope that the students will know that they could channel their grievances and be heard without resorting to violence.”

 

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