The Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, Theresa Akande and the students body of the institution have called for the release of those detained over a protest that rocked Erunfun community on Saturday.

It will be recalled that Chief Afe Babalola was attacked during the protest, vehicles were also hijacked from motorists and part of hostels in Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, was destroyed.

While pleading with the Commissioner of Police, Mr Frederick Lakanu, to release the detainees, Akande said the students did not attack Chief Afe Babalola, as insinuated, neither were they involved in the violent protest.

Akande and the President, Students? Union Government of the institution, Mr Ajibola Oladapo, said ?innocent students and staff of the polytechnic were arrested by the police?.

?The community has been experiencing some level of insecurity in recent times, owing to influx of dropouts from other schools and miscreants, aside the protracted epileptic power and water supply which must have provoked the protest?, she said.

The student leader on his part, said: ?As peace-loving students, we are particularly appalled at such acts of barbarism, especially against a revered personality like Chief Afe Babalola. It is worthy to note that the management of this institution which also suffers the same fate has been doing all that is humanly possible to provide basic amenities on the polytechnic?s campus. We deeply appreciate this and as such, we have no cause to complain of lack of power supply or water or embark on demonstration?.


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