The protest embarked upon by students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, turned violent on Tuesday.
The wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Bisi Fayemi , who was on a tour of council areas in the state, escaped being attacked by the protesters as they vandalised some vehicles in her convoy .
It was gathered that no fewer than two persons were feared killed in the protest .
The students , who got the hint of the presence of the governor’ s wife in the area , went to where she was .
A source 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 Mrs Fayemi ’ s convoy , were injured in the attack .
Sources said the protesters also torched a police van and seized two rifles from policemen.
A source said , “ Hoodlums and commercial motorcycle operators joined the students in the protest over poor power situation in the two campuses of the university . ”
The Police Public Relations Officer , Ekiti Command, Mr Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the attack on the governor’ s wife , said nobody was killed in the protest .
Ikechukwu said , “ There was no loss of live. The students protested and blocked the Ifaki- Ikole – Omuo highway and prevented free flow of traffic .
The students vandalised the property of BEDC .
“When policemen went there to dialogue with them , they ignored them.
The wife of the governor who went on local government tour ran into the protesters . ”
The students ’ protest , which started as early as 6 . 30am , came on the heels of an earlier one four months ago.
The President of the Students ’ Union Government , Oluwaseun Awodola , had lamented poor power supply, which he said had heightened insecurity on the institution ’ s two campuses .
FUOYE Public Relations Officer , Mr Godfrey Bakji , who said the university was not in control of power, described the protest as senseless.
“ We appealed to the students not to disrupt academic activities , ” he added .
However , the Chief Press Secretary to Ekiti State Governor , Yinka Oyebode , said the attack on Mrs Fayemi ’ s convoy was unfortunate .
Oyebode said , “ The students visited the situation on the wife of the governor who was going there to empower women and other people that are vulnerable.
“ The attack was misplaced and very unfortunate , but I hope that the students will know that they could channel their grievances and be heard without resorting to violence
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