No fewer than three people were reported to have been killed in a clash between students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, FUOYE, Ekiti State, and the police on Tuesday.
The students who were said to be protesting inadequate power supply by Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, in Oye Ekiti, barricaded the roads.
The First Lady of the state, Bisi Fayemi, was said to be returning from a tour of some local governments over her empowerment programme when her convoy was prevented from passing as a result of the blockade. Policemen in her convoy were said to have shot into the air to disperse the protesters.
Two students were reported to have died as a result of the gunshots.
A policeman was also said to have been killed by the protesters.
However, the police have denied being responsible for the death of the students.
Caleb Ikechukwu, spokesman of the police in the state said the protesters were dispersed without any problem.
He said the police removed the blockade and dispersed the students peacefully.
His statement reads: “The protesting student took to the Federal High way away from the perimeter wall of University and blocked the Oye-Ikole-Lokoja Federal Roads, thereby causing the breach of peace and gridlock to motorist plying that route.
“The protesting students also invaded the office of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) in Oye Ekiti.
“It took the quick intervention of policemen deployed to the scene to prevent further damage of the office complex.
“The Police Officers at the scene pacified with the protesting student, removed the blockade and dispersed the protesting student peacefully.
“However, the protesting student turned around in their numbers and took their plight to Her Excellence, Erulu Bisi Fayemi, the Wife of the Executive Governor of Ekiti State who was at an empowerment programme.
“The protesting student suddenly became unruly, hostile and took laws into their hands, also vandalized the motorcade of her excellency.”