EKITI GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS ATTACK ON FIRST LADY’S CONVOY IN OYE
The Government of Ekiti State hereby confirms that the convoy of the First Lady of the State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, was attacked during a protest by students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti on Tuesday.
This is contained in a statement issued by the state commissioner for Information Aare Muyiwa Olumilua on Wednesday.
Olumilua affirmed that the protest by the students started as a peaceful one, but later escalated to violence, due to infiltration by hoodlums.
According to him, Erelu Fayemi was in Oye Local Government in continuation of her community engagement and advocacy tour of the state. She had commenced the Tuesday’s tour from Moba Local Government and had visited Ilejemeje Local Government before arriving in Oye-Ekiti for the last leg of the tour.
He noted that the students had earlier in the day taken over major streets in the town, protesting against the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), over power outage in the area but said government was not petitioned nor alerted of such plight prior to the protest.
The Commissioner noted that the convoy of the Wife of the Governor was attacked with several vehicles vandalised, leaving many people, including journalists, with varying degrees of injuries.
Those injured during the attack have been given first aid treatment, while some are still receiving treatment in the hospital.
While not denying the students the right to express their grievances on any issue, it is expected that such be done without resulting to violence he stated.
Meanwhile, Olumilua confrimed that the State Government has been informed that there might have been casualties recorded during the incident but government would await more details of such sad development from the school authorities.
The general public is hereby advised to go about their normal activities as the situation is now under control.