A policeman attacked by angry mob dominated by students of the Federal
University of Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Ekiti State on Tuesday, has been
Also feared dead is Okonofua Joseph aka Joseph Icon, a student of the
university who was among those injured during the clash between
protesting students of the institution and the police.
A video circulating on social media showed the yet-to-be identified
policeman being beaten by the mob.
The students were also said to have attacked the convoy of wife of the
state Governor, Bisi Fayemi.
The students while protesting insufficient supply of electricity, had
marched to the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC)
substation in Oye Ekiti, barricading the express road.
In the video, the policeman already bleeding from the head is seen
being kicked and punched by the mob.
A source told online medium, The Cable that he fell from a motorcycle
and into the hands of the mob.
“He was beaten to death,” the source said.
When contacted, police spokesperson in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu,
said he was yet to confirm the death of the policeman.
Earlier, he said police removed the blockade mounted and dispersed the
“The protesting students suddenly became unruly, hostile and took laws
into their hands, also vandalised the motorcade of her Excellency,” he
said, adding that the students also assaulted the policemen who were
at the scene to maintain law and order and damaged their vehicle.
Okonofua, a 300-level student of the department of Biology Education
also said to be the Social Director of Faculty of Education Students
Association, was hit by a stray bullet while walking on the streets.
He reportedly died in the early hours of Wednesday, after being rushed
to the Federal Medical Center in Ido, Ekiti State. His death was
confirmed by the Students Union President, Oluwaseun Awodola.