Federal University, Oye Shut Down Indefinitely Over Staff Protest

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Brouhaha Erupts in Federal University, Oye Ekiti, on Monday as staff of the institution went on rampage and shut the institution to protest the alleged continuous detention of their colleagues arrested by the State Security Service.

The aggrieved staff decline to simmer down despite plea from the spokesperson from the institution, Mr. Chris Ukaegbu.

They also protested against alleged plot by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Asuzu, to sack some of them and arrest those who participated in the December 18, 2014 protest against him.

The aggrieved staff that accused Asuzu of being behind the arrest of some of the staff by the DSS during the week ordered their colleagues in the lecture room to vacate.

It was learnt that a lecturer who defied the order was rough-handled by his colleagues that saw him as a traitor.

A staff, who spoke under anonymity said, “What caused the latest crisis is that, during the week, some perceived arrowhead of the December protest were arrested by men of the SSS.

“Later, the Vice Chancellor used his influence to release those he believed could have a change of heart among them leaving behind those that can fight the cause of the staff. This actually angered the staff and they decided to protest for them to effect the release of their members.”

But the spokesperson of the institution, Mr. Chris Ukaegbu, denied that any of the staff was in the detention of the DSS.

He also denied that there were plans to sack the staff who participated in the December protest.
He said, “Nobody was or has been arrested. Maybe some people felt what they have done may attract some sanctions, so they are trying to attract public sympathy.

“The VC is a peace-loving man who would not intimidate anybody. There is a procedure for sacking people. Has any of them been queried on the matter?”

There was heavy presence of anti-riot policemen at the main gate when our correspondent visited.
Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babayemi confirmed the development but said he was yet to be properly briefed.

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