Three feared dead as Ekiti Gov’s wife escapes students attack

Bisi Fayemi

Wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, escaped being attacked by students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), during a protest turned violent on Tuesday evening.

According to TheCable, two students of the institution and a policeman were reportedly killed in a clash between the police and students.

The clash was said to have occurred when the protesters prevent Bisi Fayemi and her convoy from passing while protesting insufficient supply of electricity in the community .

Policemen were said to have opened fire which annoyed students who in turn shattered the windscreen of vehicles in her convoy.

A source told TheCable that “They started the protest from the school gate around 9am, and then moved to the PHCH substation”. 

“They were trying to force their way into the facility when a dispatch of policemen came. The students appeared to have outnumbered the policemen and before we knew it, gunshots were exchanged between the policemen and some of the students who are suspected to be cultists. 

“One of the policemen and two students were killed and others sustained injuries.”

The source said the protesting students were yet to leave the scene as at 8pm on Tuesday.

Police spokesman in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu denied that police shot at the protesting students.

Ikechukwu said the police removed the blockade and dispersed the students peacefully.

“The protesting student took to the Federal High way away from the perimeter wall of University and Blocked the Oye-Ikole-Lokoja Federal Roads, their by causing the breach of Peace and grid lock to motorist plying that route,” the statement read.

“The protesting students also invaded the office of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) in Oye Ekiti.

“It took the quick intervention of policemen deployed to the scene to prevent further damage of the office complex.

“The Police Officers at the scene pacified with the protesting student, removed the blockade and dispersed the protesting student peacefully.

“However, the protesting student turned around in their numbers and took their plight to Her Excellence, Erulu Bisi Fayemi, The Wife of the Executive Governor of Ekiti State who was at an empowerment program.

“The protesting Student suddenly became unruly, hostile and took laws into their hands, also vandalized the motorcade of her excellency.”

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