Written by Doyin Adebusuyi, Ado Ekiti
The Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, Theresa Akande and the students body of the institution have called for the release of those detained over a protest that rocked Erunfun community on Saturday.
Daily Trust gathered that the protest was against persistent power outage in the area and that no fewer than 30 students were arrested by the police.
The rector, who insisted that the students did not attack Chief Afe Babalola, as insinuated, pleaded with the Commissioner of Police, Mr Frederick Lakanu, to release the detainees.
Our correspondent reports that during the protest, vehicles were hijacked from motorists and part of hostels in Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, was destroyed.
But the school at a press conference said its students were not involved in the violent protest, while sympathizing with Chief Afe Babalola over the attack on his convoy.
Akande and the President, Students’ Union Government of the institution, Mr Ajibola Oladapo, said “innocent students and staff of the polytechnic were arrested by the police”.
“The community has been experiencing some level of insecurity in recent times, owing to influx of dropouts from other schools and miscreants, aside the protracted epileptic power and water supply which must have provoked the protest”, she said.
The student leader on his part, said: “As peace-loving students, we are particularly appalled at such acts of barbarism, especially against a revered personality like Chief Afe Babalola. It is worthy to note that the management of this institution which also suffers the same fate has been doing all that is humanly possible to provide basic amenities on the polytechnic’s campus. We deeply appreciate this and as such, we have no cause to complain of lack of power supply or water or embark on demonstration”.
While appreciating the police for their timely intervention in arresting the crisis, Ajibola called on the police authority to release his colleagues and other members of staff, who were arrested during the protest.