Police Confirm Attack On Governor’s Wife As Hoodlums Hijack Students’ ProtestFeatured, Latest News, News Across Nigeria, News From The State Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Persons suspected to be hoodlums, on Tuesday afternoon, hijacked a protest by students of the Federal University of Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) and attacked the convoy of the wife of the Ekiti governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi.
Mrs Fayemi was said to be returning from a tour of the 16 Local Government Areas of the state; on an empowerment programme.
According to NAN, the hoodlums went on rampage in the afternoon, a few hours after the students, who had earlier in the day, protested against incessant power outage, calling on the federal government to assist them had dispersed.
The hoodlums were said to have engaged the security operatives in violent clashes and allegedly vandalised vehicles in the convoy of the state governor’s wife; Mrs. Bisi Fayemi.
Virtually all the vehicles on Mrs Fayemi’s convoy were reportedly affected while a police vehicle was reportedly burnt and rifles allegedly snatched.
No fewer than three of the journalists on the entourage were also said to have been attacked and wounded.
Reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ekiti Command, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu confirmed the attack.
Ikechukwu explained that the students truly protested in the morning and blocked the Ifaki-Ikole-Omuo Federal highway and prevented free flow of vehicles.
“The students did not allow vehicles to move freely and they allegedly vandalised the property of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).
“When police went there to dialogue with them, they resisted them. And the wife of the governor who went on a Local Government tour, ran into the barricade mounted on the road.
“The students were reported to have been violent, destroying cars and smashing the windscreens of vehicles.
“At this stage, we were warning that the command would not 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.”
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