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Protest in Ekiti Varsity over arrest of students by EFCC

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Students of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday protested the alleged harassment and unlawful arrest of their colleagues by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The students barricaded the institution’s entrance gate and also disrupted free flow of traffic on the Ado-Ifaki dual carriage way.

They appealed to EFCC Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu to order his men to stop harassing innocent students under the guise of being involved in cybercrime.

Addressing the students, the Director of Welfare, the institution Students’ Union Government, Temitope Aladejare, described the alleged arrest as illegal and unconstitutional.

He added that four of his colleagues were arrested by some policemen on Wednesday.

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“They just came to the hostel in front of the EKSU’s main gate and arrested four of our members. Two of the victims were even naked and they were in their rooms, when they pounced on them.

“When they came, they introduced themselves as operatives of the EFCC and forcefully bundled the victims into a van and took them to an unknown destination.

“We are calling on governments to call them to order,” he said.

Meanwhile, Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, a DSP, confirmed that arrests were made, which triggered the students to embark on the protest.

He explained, “The students protested and they blocked the major highway and prevented commuters from moving in and out of the state capital. This we will never be condoned because that road is not within the confine of the university.”

“They obstructed vehicular movements for hours, but we have been able to remove those blockages and restored peace and order around the school premises.”

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