February 10, 2011

6 killed at Ikole-Ekiti over relocation of varsity


ADO-EKITI— Following the decision of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, to relocate the newly established Federal University of Agriculture from Ikole Ekiti,  to Oye Ekiti, no fewer than six people have been feared  killed with numerous other  wounded in Ikole Ekiti  Thursday, when the aggrieved people of the community staged a violent protest over the decision of Federal Government.

The protest which was initially said to be  peaceful, however, took a violent dimension when the police opened fire to disperse the protesters who had trooped out in large numbers to registered their displeasure over the irrational decision of the Federal Government. The action of the police was said to have aggravated the action of the  protesters.

The aggrieved youths  matched to the police station located at the centre of the town and set it on fire when they saw that police had killed some of them.

Two vehicles and three other motorcycles parked within the premises of the Station were equally burnt down by the rampaging youths.

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Kenneth Gbagi had led a team  which included the officials of the National University Commission, NUC, to Ikole Ekiti, the site of the new university late last year where he had okayed the choice of  Ikole Ekiti as the site of the university.

But according to the NTA network news  monitored in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday night, it  was relayed that the Federal Executive Council[ NEC] has finally  decided to site the new university at Oye Ekiti which is  about 15 kilometers to Ikole Ekiti.

Vanguard gathered that those that sustained serious gunshot wounds , among which was Mr Miachael Okimi, a teacher in the Community are now receiving medical attention at different medical centres within the town.

One of the victims, Gbenga Osanipin, was directly shot in the head , which caused serious damage to his brain , while the another victim, who was identified as Gbenga was shot in the stomach .

The Ifaki Ekiti –Omuo—Lokoja highway and the road between Iluomoba and Ikole Ekiti were barricaded, which disrupted free flow of traffic along that routes, as commuters were trapped for several hours.

The staff of Ikole Local Government Area had to desert their offices  and ran for their lives as protesters engaged the policemen, who were shooting sporadically to the air.

The aggrieved youths led by Mr Sunday Abe vowed that the matter would culminate in a communal clash between Ikole and Oye Ekiti if the Federal Executive Council fails to rescind their resolution on where the University should be located between the two towns.

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