Police Operatives have killed a student of Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) Ekiti State during a protest against poor power supply in the town.
The student killed was identified as Oluwaseyi Kehinde, a 100- level student of the Department of Crop Science and Horticulture.
The deceased was also the class governor.
The three others confirmed injured were Okonofua Joseph aka ICON, Azeez Elijah aka Elex and Olamilekan Abdulmuiz.
Some of the injured students have been taken to the medical centre of the institution and others to the Federal Medical Center,Ido Ekiti with many more casualties feared.
It was reported that the protesting students burnt a police vehicle and razed the Benin Electricity Distribution Company(BEDC) office in Ikole.
The students were protesting against poor power supply in the town before the outbreak of violence.
It was also gathered the students attempted to attack the convoy of Ekiti First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, which was passing through the highway after a tour of local governments in the state.
One of them who refused to disclose his identity, spoke on how the protest turned violent.
He said: “The issue started when a security personnel attached to the Governor’s wife convoy slapped the Students Union President intentionally which sprouted controversies within the environment at which the programme was being held.Then students took it up.
“The involved security official(Counter Terrorism Unit ) scampered for safety to avoid being lynched, which made the aggrieved students took to the street to show their grievances about the situation.
“Then the police officers started manhandling and chasing the students.
“The students repelled by stoning the officer and the police started shooting our students sporadically which led to the death of one and several were injured.”
FUOYE Students Union President, Comrade Oluwaseun Awodola, however denied the students attacked the Governor wife’s convoy.
“I was sleeping when my PA came that the army official wants to see me. I went to the official and we approached the road.
“On getting to the road side which was closed to the police office, the Mopol said the CSO was around.
“All of a sudden a CPU(moral) official from nowhere came and slapped me.
“Immediately the CSO was begging me and other security officials
“Students came over and they were like they want to see the person that slapped me.
“At first i was aggrieved but later I was calm. We left the scene then the CSO was like once we get to the Governor’s office the police officer will apologise.
“Nobody attacked the convoy of the Governor’s wife. We already agreed we will be having a meeting with the Special Adviser to the Governor and NLC executives tomorrow by 10am before we meet at the school gate tomorrow.
“All of a sudden, a Mopol official fired gun shots. Immediately, students were like why did he shoot?
“The CSO to the Governor came immediately and told the Mopol to stop shooting.
“They started shooting teargas, gun and the likes. Then students started throwing stones that was how everything started.
” Nobody attacked the governor’s wife convoy. We ended the protest around 2pm,” he said.
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