The students of the Federal University Of Oye Ekiti on Tuesday evening allegedly attacked Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi’s convoy on her return from a tour of some local government.
The protest embarked upon by students turned violent on Tuesday evening leaving in its trails vandalisation of properties.
Sources at Oye Ekiti alleged that no fewer than two persons were feared killed in the course of the protest.
The students had got hint of the presence of the governor’s wife, as had been to two other council areas earlier.
Sources said the governor’s wife was “whisked away from the scene in a commando-like manner,” while others in her convoy scampered to safety.
However, some people, including journalists in the First Lady’s convoy, were injured in the attack.
The protesters, armed with sticks and stones, attacked unsuspecting commuters.
When the convoy of the governor’s wife arrived, they hurled stones at the vehicles.
The students allegedly barricaded the Oye-Ikole-Abuja highway to prevent the convoy of the wife of the governor from passing with a view to vent their anger of poor power supply in the town.
The students were said to have engaged the security operatives detailed with the governor’s wife in a violent clash with some vehicles on the convoy, including that of the security operatives were burnt and two pump rifle seized.
The students were said to have gone on rampage few hours after they have protested against incessant power outage.
Students of FUOYE had gathered as early as 6:39 am in front of the gates of the twin campuses of the institution in Oye and Ikole respectively.
It was gathered that the students dispersed after a few hours and normalcy had returned on the campuses and their environs but suddenly they allegedly regrouped.
Reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. 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.
“The students did not allow vehicles to move freely and they vandalized the property of Benin Electricity Distribution Company .
“When police went there to dialogue with them, they resisted them. And the wife of the governor who went on local government tour ran into the barricade mounted on the road.
“The students were reported to have been violent destroying cars and smashed 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