By Gbenga Ariyibi
After operating the controversial University of Education,lkere Ekiti [TUNEDIK] outside the campus for about two years, a fresh move by the management of the university to return back to Ikere on Monday was met with a stiff opposition by the host institution.
The college was litered with fetish objects like charms, juju and coffins in all strategic locations in the campus aimed at scaring away the staffers of the university from moving down to its main campus.
The university has been operating at lfaki Ekiti since the past two years, following the bloody protest that greeted the relocation of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti which exists side by side with the university by the host community on January 30, 2009.
During the protest, one person was killed, while several properties were damaged, a situation that forced the state government to close down the university.
Confirming the strange objects at the campus, the Acting Provost of the college, Dr. Titilayo Ogunmola said she was shocked when her attention was called to the presence of the juju and coffins that were put in the apartment allocated to TUNEDIK.
She said prior to Monday’s incident that the Governor,Engr Segun Oni had conveyed a stakeholders’ meeting between the management of the college and TUNEDIK where the governor had informed them of the decision to move both the students and staff of TUNADIK back to Ikere-Ekiti.
After the discovery of the object,the Ogoga-In-Council were according to her invited to sanctify the whole area.
The Provost said it was true that the whole institution was charged on Monday by both the students and staff but due to her intervention, that peace finally prevailed.
Ogunmola said the state government was aware of the latest development.
In his own reaction, the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the university,Prof AkinÂ Ogunlade assured that the manegement of the university remained resolute with the decision of the state government to move back to Ikere Ekiti.
“We are not worried about what some misguided misctreants are doing by placing juju and other things in where weÂ are suppose to resume at Ikere Ekiti”, he said.