By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Two students of the Federal University Oye Ekiti were feared dead on Tuesday when they were allegedly shot while a police officer was seriously injured during a clash between the students and officers attached to the convoy of the wife of the Ekiti State governor Erelu Bisi Fayemi.
This is even as Mrs Fayemi and members of her convoy including journalists escaped death.
SUNSHINETRUTH learnt that the incident occurred in Oye Ekiti during a protest by the students over poor power supply in Oye Ekiti.
Trouble started after the students barricaded the major highway and prevented the convoy of the wife of the governor from passing.
Erelu Fayemi was said to be on a tour of the sixteen local governments of the state which started yesterday.
An attempt by the officers attached to the convoy to disperse the crowd resulted in a clash leading to the death of a student name withheld while the students was said to have also attacked a police officer who is currently battling with his life.
Some vehicles in the convoy were also damaged by the students.
When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti state Caleb Ikechukwu confirmed the attack on the convoy but said the police did not shoot at any student.
He said the police was aware of the rights of the student hence efforts were only made to disperse them before they started attacking innocent people.
Ikechukwu said investigation had commenced and culprits among the students would be arrested.
POLICE PRESS RELEASE.
The Nigeria Police Force,Ekiti State Command is using this medium to debunk the story making rounds on social media that the police shot at protesting student of Federal University Oye Ekiti State.
The story is baseless, unfounded and only intends to incite and create panic in the minds of peace loving people of Ekiti State and the general public.
2.The students of Federal University Oye/Ikole Campus led by their student Union Government simultaneously embarked on a protest against the total blackout in both campuses.
3.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.
4.The protesting students also invaded the office of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) in Oye Ekiti.
5.It took the quick intervention of policemen deployed to the scene to prevent further damage of the office complex.
6.The Police Officers at the scene pacified with the protesting student, removed the blockade and dispersed the protesting student peacefully.
7.However,the protesting student turned around in their numbers and took their plight to Her Excellence,Erule Bisi Fayemi, The Wife of the Executive Governor of Ekiti State who was at an empowerment program.
8. The protesting Student suddenly became unruly,hostile and took laws into their hands,also Vandalized the motorcade of her excellency.
9.The protesting student did not stop at that, they also assaulted the policemen who where at the scene to maintain law and order and damaged Police Vehicle
found at the Scene.
10. Investigation is ongoing to bring the perpetrator to book. Further statement will be issued in due cause.
DSP Caleb Ikechukwu
Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO).
For: Commissioner of Police,Ekiti state Command.