There was a protest at the Federal University of Technology, Akure [FUTA] on Monday, January 17, which resulted to the shutting down of the usually busy Akure-Ilesha highway.
The protest was provoked by the beating of the University’s student union leaders on Sunday by a group of persons suspected to be cultists.
Students who shut down the South Gate of the institution were reportedly infuriated by reports of harassment and extortion carried out by cultists and thugs operating at the South Gate of the institution.
The protest, which lasted for a few hours, saw two students escape death following the reckless driving of a driver who invaded the crowd of protesting students and tried to manoeuvre through a blockade set up by the students.
One of the protesting students who identified himself as Ayo Bami said thugs who always hang around the South Gate area of the institution assaulted the University’s Students Union leader.
The student further said that after the assault of the students’ leader, the thugs chased some students into the school premises.
“Those boys at South Gate are cultists and indigenes of the community. They continue to extort and harass our students.
“If you are well dressed, they will stop you and forcefully collect your money. Sometimes they compel students into making bank transfers to them. Yesterday, they attacked our students union leader.
Reacting to the incident, the University spokesman Adebanjo Adegbenro said it was not a protest but a sensitisation march against some persons who live close to the South Gate area of the University and have been bullying the young students for a long time.
“They rob them sometimes. So, it is a sensitisation march and to let the security agencies know the character of these individuals,” the spokesman said.