Rector Hides,As Students Protest In Ogun

Rioting broke out at Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa, in Ado-Odo-Ota local government area of the state when hundreds of students shut down the school.

The protest which reportedly forced the rector of the Institute, Dr. Funke Akinkuolere to go into hiding following the alleged threat of attack by the students over her alleged failure to allow them hold their Students Union Government election.

A source who pleaded for anonymity told our correspondent that, the angry students blocked the main entrance of the institute as early as 7am on Thursday.

It was gathered that, the protest sparked off on Wednesday and spread to Thursday when the students had set to hold their election, but, were barred by the rector from going ahead .

A source within the institute hinted our correspondent that, the election was supposed to have been held last year December, but, was postponed by the rector who resumed office June last year.

The protest, though, did not record any casualty as both the rector and other members of the staff of the institute stayed in their apartments while the protest lasted.

It was also gathered that, the state government has directed that the school be shut and the students have been reportedly asked to go to leave the campus indefinitely.

The directive by the government was made known through a state television which scrolled the order of the government for the closure of the school.

Several attempts to get the reaction from the rector was unsuccessful as she neither picked her calls put through her mobile phone nor respond to the message sent to her line.

Findings have shown that, the atmosphere became charged following the students protest as residents of the area stayed in door while traders hurriedly shut their shops.


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