The Management of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has shut down the institution following a protest by the students against epileptic power supply by BEDC.
In a statement on Wednesday, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, announced the institutions closure and proscription of tye Students Union.
Recall that the demonstration led to the alleged attack on the convoy of the First Lady of the state, Mrs Bisi Fayemi.
The students blocked the Abuja-Ado and Ijan -Ikole highways from early Tuesday till 2pm before they were dispersed. It was however gathered that some hoodlums allegedly hijacked the protest and attacked Mrs Fayemi’s convoy. Reports said three students and some policemen were injured.
Soremekun’s statement reads: “We hereby condemn the violence that has followed the protest by the students of FUOYE to register their pleasure on the epileptic power supply from BEDC to the communities of Oye and Ikole.
“Our findings revealed that the students gathered themselves and blocked the Abuja-Ado,and Ijan -Ikole High ways from the early hours of today, September 10, 2019, till about 2 pm.
“Thereafter, after much persuasions by the University‘s internal security personnel and the federal security agencies, they dispersed.
“Only for the news to get to the university authority thereafter that the students assaulted the convoy of Her Excellency, the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi and vandalized some vehicles in the convoy.
“Sensing that her Excellency was under attack in view of the continued aggression of the students, the security personnel attached to her convoy had to repel the attack and some students were injured in the process.
“Similarly, some Policemen also sustained injuries and their rifles were also seized.
“As at this evening, three students were injured with two of them having minor injuries and one having a severe abdominal injury and is currently hospitalized at The Ido Federal Medical Centre.
“In view of the foregoing, management at an emergency meeting discussed and reviewed the unruly behaviour of the students.
“Such behaviour which included the destruction of vehicles and burning of a police van as well as threat to lives has compelled the University management to take the following decisions:”The University is hereby shut down with immediate effect.
”Students are, therefore, ordered to vacate the university premises on or before, Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019.”
“The students Union is hereby proscribed.”