By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo—Following the wanton destruction of public property by irate members of the public in Ilesa, Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has ordered the closure of three higher institutions of learning in the state.
Both social and economic activities of the ancient town were on Monday paralysed following a violent protest by the youths of the town over the disconnection of the town from the national grid by Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC,which alleged attack by the youths of the town on the staff of the company.
According to a statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Adeniyi Adesina, the affected institutions are: Osun State College of Education, Ilesa, the Osun State College of Health Technology, Ilesa and the Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke.
Oyetola condemned the violence as “uncalled for.”
He warned that the government would not hesitate to take further drastic action, should the need arise, in order to protect lives and properties.
The governor also frowned at the attack on journalists on legitimate assignment whose equipment were also destroyed by protesters.
He assured citizens of the state that the government is on top of the security situation in Ilesa and in all parts of the state.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Osun State Council has condemned the attack on its members at Olomilagbala, Bolorunduro, Ilesa East Local Government, on Monday in totality, describing it as uncivilised and barbaric.
Five journalists, namely: Shitu Abdulfatai of Channels TV, his camera man, Kadri Kabir, Rafiu Hammed of TV Continental, (TVC) and his Camera man, Taiwo Adu were among those attacked by suspected thugs in the melee.
The newsmen were in Ilesa in the early hours of Monday to cover the protest embarked upon by irate youths over power outage in Ijesa land.
The union, in a statement by the State Chairman, Comrade Kehinde Ayantunji further described the attackers as crude characters, adding that the union would do everything possible to make sure that the perpetrators face the wrath of the law.
“We are shocked and seriously disturbed by the ruthless attack on four of our members today in Ilesa. We consider such attack as bestial, barbaric and uncivilised; and a declaration of war against journalists performing their constitutional responsibility.”
“ The attack was so brutal to the extent that Taiwo Adu of TVC and Kadir Kabir of Channels could not stand on their feet as at the time of issuing this release, they were callously hit with bottle and various dangerous objects and held captive for about an hour with serious humiliation.
“They are currently on admission at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospitals, Osogbo. Their cameras and other gadgets worth million of Naira were completely destroyed.
“We are calling on security agencies to swiftly swing into action and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book without delay”, the statement read