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Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2019

FUOYE protests: NANS, Police, Fayemi’s wife trade blames over varsity students’ death

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From Idowu Abdullahi, Lagos

Blame games on Wednesday followed the death of two students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, (FUOYE), who protested against epileptic power supply to the institution on Tuesday.
While the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) alleged that Chief (Mrs) Bisi Fayemi; wife of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, was complicit in the killings, the first lady denied any involvement in the unfortunate incident.
In a similar vein, the Ekiti Police Command debunked reports of any involvement of it personnel in the killing and injuring of the varsity students.
According to NANS, the students – Dada Kehinde Abiodun, a year one student at the Department of Crop Science and Horticulture and another were allegedly shot dead during protest on Tuesday by security personnel in the convoy of Bisi Fayemi on her oders.
NANS’ National Public Relations Officer, NANS, Azeez Adeyemi, in a statement alleged that the wife of the Governor directed her security personnel to maltreat students for protesting against her husband’s alleged anti people’s government
“.So as to distort the truth before it gets to the public domain, the government quickly rushed to the press and fed them with lies all because they are in possession of the financial capacity to do and undo.”
On her part, Fayemi, denied instructing security details attached to her to shoot protesting students.
In a statement she personally signed on Wednesday, Mrs. Fayemi alleged the students, probably infiltrated by local hoodlums, vandalised her convoy as well as vehicles of her guests during the empowerment programme.
The statement read in parts: “While we were at Ilejemeje, we received a call from our advance security team that students of the Federal University of Oye (FUOYE) were protesting a lack of electricity in Oye town. We were told that more information would be provided on the situation. Shortly after we received word that the students had dispersed and the coast was clear for my visit.
“Half-way through our event, there was a disturbance outside. The FUOYE students (and possibly infiltrated by local thugs) had re-grouped and were trying to get into the venue.
“The security officers prevented this from happening. We finished our program, and by the time we got outside, we found that vehicles from my convoy and those of my guests that were parked outside the venue had been vandalised.
“As we were driving out of Oye town, we encountered at least two road blocks that the students had mounted to prevent the movement of vehicles. I could see students/thugs throwing stones and large sticks at us as we drove by.
“However, the casualties that were recorded did not take place while I was there. There are eye-witnesses, photographs and video footage to confirm this.” she added.
In a similar vein, the Police also distanced itself from the killings.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, described the reports that the police operatives were involved in the killings as “baseless, unfounded and only intends to incite and create panic in the minds of the peace-loving people of Ekiti and the general public”.
In a statemenet, he added: “The police officers at the scene pacified the protesting students, removed the blockade they erected and dispersed them peacefully.
“However, the protesting students turned around in their numbers and took their plight to Her Excellency, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, the wife of Gov. Kayode Fayemi, who was at an empowerment programme in the town.
“The protesting students suddenly became unruly, hostile and took laws into their hands, and vandalised the motorcade of the governor’s wife.
“Investigation is ongoing to bring the perpetrators to book,” Ikechukwu said.

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