Protesting students of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD, in the first ever students violent unrest in the six year old private university in Ekiti State, have destroyed no fewer than 20 cars as well as the institution’s Engineering Complex.
Other properties worth millions of Naira destroyed during the disturbances include motorbike destroyed at the main gate, talents discovery centre, cafeteria 1 and 11.
Toyota Corolla Car and Toyota Highlander jeep with registration numbers Ekiti ADK 327 AG and Lagos SR 684 BH, were among vehicles attacked by the rampaging students.
Besides, about N10 million kept in the Accountant’s office in one of the cafeterias was allegedly looted.
Information also had it that the rampaging students also beat up some porters at the female and male hostels, also descended on the security at the gate and burnt eight motorcycles belonging to them.
Several cars parked within the university at different locations were smashed, while virtually all the magnificent edifices on campus had their slide doors either removed or damaged.
Commenting on the incident, the Head, Corporate Affairs, of the institutions, Mr. Tunde Olofintila, said “there were some skirmishes on campus on Sunday night. As it is in some public universities, the said skirmishes was engineered and orchestrated by those who were not doing well academically and who are not prepared to improve on their academic performance.”
Olofintila, said “the University’s first semester examinations which commenced two weeks ago are programmed to be rounded off this weekend after which the students would proceed on their first semester break.”
The institution noted that “We want to assure all parents, well-wishers and stakeholders that the situation has been put under control with people going about their business without let or hindrance.”
Olofintila added that those found to be culpable would be sanctioned, saying all cases would be taken on merit.
He pointed out that the institution is taking stock of all the properties destroyed in the institution.
Nigerian Pilot reports that police and civil defence, NSCDC, operatives have been deployed to maintain peace and order in the institution, and some suspect have been arrested for investigation by the police.
There are different version of what sparked off the crisis; a source said a student in camouflage had an encounter with security operatives which led to the crisis while some said they were not happy with some developments in the school.
Another source blamed the police for the crisis, “some students were having misunderstanding and it later degenerated and the management now called the police. When they came, they engaged one of the students, who was in Army Camouflage. They told him to surrender the uniform and he refused the order saying he was duely registered for the camouflage.”
“At that point, police shot into the air and the students dispersed.
Having the impression that the gunshot was targeted at them, they later regrouped and started that full-blown protest leading to serious damage.”
A source on campus also informed that before the crisis started he saw some students moving around the school compound with touch lights in their hands.

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