ADO-EKITI – Wife of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, escaped being attacked on Tuesday as rioting students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), descended on and smashed many vehicles in her convoy.
Mrs. Fayemi was on a week-long empowerment and advocacy tour of the 16 local government areas of the state.
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Daily Independent learnt that the students were protesting against the school management over poor welfare before they went wild and began to vandalise private and public properties.
Three journalists, who were on the entourage of the first lady, sustained injuries.
Students of FUOYE had gathered as early as 6:39a.m on Tuesday in front of the gates of the twin campuses of the institution in Oye and Ikole.
They had called on the Federal Government to ensure that the body saddled with providing power to the campuses did their job by ending incessant power outages on the campuses.
It was further gathered that two police riffles were forcefully taken away by the protesters while many private and government vehicles were destroyed.
It took the swift intervention of some security operatives who whisked the governor’s wife out of the raging melee.
The hoodlums were said to have engaged the security operatives in violent clashes and allegedly vandalised vehicles in the convoy of the first lady, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi.
The students dispersed after a few hours and normalcy returned on the campuses and environs, but some miscreants later allegedly regrouped to take advantage of the occasion to unleash violence on innocent people.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the attack on the governor’s wife.
Ikechukwu explained that the students protested in the morning and blocked the Ifaki-Ikole-Omuo highway and prevented free flow of vehicles.
He said: “The students did not allow vehicles to move freely and they vandalised the property of Benin Electricity Distribution Company.
“When the police went there to dialogue with them, they resisted them. And the wife of the governor, who went on a local government tour, ran into the barricade mounted on the road.
“The students were reported to have been violent, destroying cars and smashing the windscreens of vehicles.
“We want to warn that the command won’t tolerate hooliganism under any guise. We want to assure the public that the police are on top of the situation, and our people must go about their normal businesses.”
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