A Protest organised by students of Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti state against the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), turned violent when some hoodlums allegedly hijacked the protest and attacked the convoy of the First Lady of the state, Erelu Bisi Fayemi , injuring many people including some journalists in her entourage.
The Ekiti first lady was returning from a tour of some local government areas of the state. .
The hoodlums were said to have engaged the security operatives in violent clashes and allegedly vandalized vehicles in the convoy of the First lady.
Students of FUOYE had gathered as early as 6:39 am on Tuesday in front of the gates of the two campuses of the institution in Oye and Ikole respectively.
Blueprint gathered that the students dispersed after a few hours of and normalcy had returned on the campuses before some ‘miscreants’ later allegedly regroup to take advantage of the situation to unleash violence on innocent people.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu , who confirmed the attack on the governor’s wife 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 vandalised 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,” he said.