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Fayose declares curfew in Ekiti as students attack palace, vandalise vehicles

Reports say two people were killed on Friday in a clash allegedly caused by ‎some youths suspected to be members of Federation of Igbara-odo Students Union.

‎An eye witness said trouble began when the students started distributing some pamphlets inciting the people of the town to probe the monarch, Oba Edward Jaiyeola, on how monies raised in the last anniversary celebration of the town were spent.

According to The Punch, the students also demanded the inclusion of four of their members in the monarch’s council of chiefs and that a new generation bank, which was about to vacate the town, be asked to stay.

They also demanded for a police college speculated to be coming to the town.

It was learnt that the youths, after distributing the pamphlets made for the palace of the monarch and unleashed terror on it.

“They vandalised all vehicles in sight there, the palace building and in the process, attacked the Divisional Police Officer of the town,” the witness said.

It was also gathered that a yet-to-be identified leader of the rampaging youths was killed in the chaos, while a policeman was also killed by the protesters and his rifle taken away.

The State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, stormed the area around 6pm in company with the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Chafe, and other security operatives, ‎and immediately met with leaders and residents of the town.

Fayose, who vowed to get to the root of the crisis, promised that the perpetrators would be prosecuted.

To arrest the situation, the governor immediately declared a seven-day curfew from 7am to 6pm daily on the community.

“This is a very bad development. It is a big shame on the community. I am assuring you that we will get to the root of this matter and ensure that perpetrators are dealt with,” he said.

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